Conor Mcgregor Taking Bodybuilding Legend Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Name Got Heat From UFC Fans During His Recovery From Career-threatening Injury In 2013

Published 10/04/2022, 4:23 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts after his TKO loss due to injury against Dustin Poirier during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Conor McGregor‘s horrific leg break at UFC 264 shocked the MMA world. The former UFC two-weight champion is still on the sidelines and is yet to have a confirmed return date. Injuries like the one McGregor had can be career-ending. But this is not the first time the ‘Notorious’ one faced a career-threatening injury.

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Conor McGregor climbed this mountain successfully at a very early stage in his UFC career. While recovering from a serious injury in 2013, McGregor even entertained his fans with a shout-out to bodybuilding legend, Arnold Schwarzenegger. This move from McGregor unfortunately backfired a little as well.

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Fans react to Conor McGregor’s Schwarzenegger comparison

Conor McGregor suffered a serious leg injury in 2013 in his fight against Max Holloway. He had to undergo surgery and spend almost 10 months on the sidelines. A few months after the surgery, McGregor posted a picture of himself on Facebook titled “Conor McSchwarzenegger” and incited quite a few fan reactions.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland reacts after his TKO loss to Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

However, not all fans appreciated the comparison McGregor made. Matthew Moyer had to say, “Arnold is a legend, youre a tough guy who hasnt beaten a top 10 fighter. Know your role.” Ev Murphy commented, “Shwarzenegger and this chap shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence.”

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Derek Cheevers commented, “Conor I’m not going to blow smoke up your hole ….. U are an awesome  fighter but with a lot to prove, hard work got u where u are now and hard work will win u a title.”

“You’re an arrogant a**hole, hope you get humbled soon”, a scathing comment from Bobby Howard read. Hence, it is reasonable to conclude that the Schwarzenegger comparison may have been a bit of a stretch.

Schwarzenegger invited Conor McGregor to Hollywood in 2015

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Conor McGregor and Arnold Schwarzenegger have had a healthy relationship over the years. Both stars have openly expressed their admiration for the other’s work. Schwarzenegger was a fan of McGregor’s early days of brash prediction and first-round K. O’ s. He even visited McGregor in his mansion in 2015 prior to UFC 189.

LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor celebrates after a first-round knockout victory over Jose Aldo in their featherweight title fight during UFC 194 on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

While promoting one of his films in 2015, the Terminator star had high praises for the ‘Notorious’ one. Schwarzenegger called McGregor one of the greatest athletes of all time and gave props to his charismatic persona. He also added that he would love to see McGregor in Hollywood. Speaking on the subject, the star explained the importance of athletes looking beyond their athletic careers.

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McGregor seems to have followed through with Schwarzenegger’s advice very well. He diversified his income and is one of the richest fighters of all time. In addition to that, he is currently en route to making his Hollywood debut.

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Yeswanth Praveen

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. His interests mainly lie in the realm of MMA, bodybuilding, and the fitness industry. He finished his Master's in English literature from EFLU, Hyderabad.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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