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high praise Conor McGregor described as a 'very good fighter' by UFC champ Francis Ngannou

'The guy is always there going after people, saying stuff, he's very high level'

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Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor has been slagged off a few times recently with some of his fellow fighters describing him as a “lame duck” and a “dope”.

But now one top name in the sport has come out in support of the Notorious, describing him as a “very good fighter”.

Current UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou, who is set to fight Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 this weekend in a bid to retain his heavyweight belt, has been shown talking about McGregor in glowing terms.

Ngannou who is currently ranked fourth in the world, said: “When you watch Conor fight, his style and everything, very great.

"Man, he has something else. He is unique on his way of carrying himself.

"He's confident. Sometimes people lose fights and then just lose confidence and shut up you know, the guy is always there going after people, saying stuff, he's very high level."

McGregor hasn't got a return date lined up just yet following his leg break vs Dustin Poirier last year, but UFC president Dana White has said Notorious will be back in the summer after he resumed training.

However, as he prepares for his long-awaited return to the Octagon later this year, McGregor has been hit with a few low blows, including being branded a “lame duck” by one of UFC’s rising stars.

Top UFC lightweight Arman Tsarukyan dismissed McGregor, one the promotion's biggest attractions, saying that he was only in it for the money.

The Russian fighter, who aims to put two to three big fights under his belt this year, was asked his opinion of the Irishman in an interview with MMA.metaratings.ru, a top ringside publication.

“He's done,” Arman declared. “He's a lame duck. I think he'll have two or three more fights maximum, just for the hype sake."

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And former world champion kickboxer, the Frenchman Cyril Benzaquen referred to McGregor as a "dope" in response to a social media post.

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Conor McGregor has previously been described as Ireland's 'Muhammad Ali of the UFC'

Conor McGregor has previously been described as Ireland's 'Muhammad Ali of the UFC'

Conor McGregor has previously been described as Ireland's 'Muhammad Ali of the UFC'

The Notorious shared a number of photos from inside his Dublin pub as he met with fans and enjoyed a couple of drinks.

McGregor also showed off designer watches at the Black Forge Inn in Crumlin.

But French fighter Cyril Benzaquen hit out at McGregor, commenting on the post with the word: "Dope."

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury has been warned that Francis Ngannou hits “way harder” than Deontay Wilder and would knock out Tyson Fury if he made a boxing crossover, his manager has warned.

Ngannou will unify the UFC heavyweight championship against Ciryl Gane on Saturday night in California in the final fight on his contract with the mixed martial arts organisation.

"My dream since I was a kid was to become a boxer," Ngannou has said while revealing a desire to fight Fury, the WBC champion.

His manager Marquel Martin told Sky Sports: "Francis is dangerous for Fury because the best fighter to fight Fury to date is Deontay Wilder. Deontay isn't known for 'sweet science' - he's known for his devastating power.

"With that power, he was able to successfully land some (very hard to do) power shots that put Tyson on the canvas a few times.

"I acknowledge it's very difficult to hit Tyson. However, if Francis was to put together six to 12 months on strictly boxing, I'm confident Francis can learn the mechanics and timing he'd need to land some power shots.

"Now, I have all the respect in the world for Tyson, but Francis hits way harder than Deontay.

"That's not an opinion, that's a fact.

"Francis' power has been measured and proven and the experts concluded - he has the hardest punch in the world."

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