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Boxing champ Katie Taylor hails Conor McGregor as the 'Muhammad Ali of the UFC'

'What he has done for the sport and the UFC has been incredible and I don’t think he’s celebrated as much as he should be here in Ireland'
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'

Esther McCarthy

Boxing champ Katie Taylor has described Conor McGregor as the “Muhammad Ali of the UFC” as she spoke about her friendship with the Dubliner.

And despite his recent controversies, Taylor said she believed he is not celebrated enough in Ireland for his sporting abilities.

“He’s just a fantastic athlete and a great businessman as well,” she told MMA Hour presenter Ariel Helwani.

“What he has done for the sport and the UFC has been incredible and I don’t think he’s celebrated as much as he should be here in Ireland.

“He’s already been a fantastic support to me, but I think he’s just someone who’s actually transcended the sport. He, for me, is the Muhammad Ali of the UFC.”

Taylor acknowledged some of McGregor’s recent controversies. “I think he’s had a few controversial moments outside of the cage, as well, that people didn’t appreciate, but I’m looking at him as just a phenomenal athlete and someone who I genuinely think has transcended the sport. Someone who’s become bigger than the sport, nearly.

“Every time he fights, it’s an absolutely huge event. He still gets the highest number of pay-per-view figures, he’s still the highest-paid athlete in the UFC. I just look at him as an outstanding athlete.”

Meanwhile, Taylor said she believes a fight against Amanda Serrano is on the cards. Serrano is fighting Miriam Gutteriez in Miami this weekend and word is that if she wins the Taylor match will be next.

“I think it is definitely going to happen this time and the fact she is fighting one of my old opponents next week as well I think that is going to be an interesting fight to watch."


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