Conor McGregor’s mainstream appeal has landed him on Time’s 100 Most Influential People
Since his UFC debut a few years ago, Conor McGregor has climbed to heights that no other UFC fighter has ever been able to before him. PPV records, simultaneously holding two UFC titles, and a potential gigantic payday on the horizon in a crossover boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather are just a few of the things McGregor has been able to get on his plate in a relatively short amount of time.
McGregor has also crossed over into the mainstream, becoming the name (along with Ronda Rousey) that people that aren’t interested in the sport still recognize. To that end, McGregor has been influential enough with the mainstream to crack Time’s 100 Most Influential List, a very rare occurrence for combat sports fighters.
His profile, which was written by Arnold Schwarzenegger of all people, captures his essence quite well:
“Conor McGregor is more than a fighter, more than an athlete, more than a champion — although, as the first person in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship to hold titles in two weight divisions at once, he is clearly all of those things. Conor is also the rare personality who has become bigger than his sport. That lean, compact body must struggle to keep his enormous character inside.
“From the first time I met Conor, I knew he wasn’t the type of star you could box into one category. Since I’ve gotten to know him, I can tell you that what you see on the screen—the now familiar face of mixed martial arts—just scratches the surface. The Dublin native is razor-sharp, disciplined and charismatic. His energy is absolutely contagious, to the point where you almost start shouting in an Irish accent after 30 seconds of hearing that world-famous mouth.
“Conor has a fire in his belly that can’t be quenched with championship belts. There are no brakes that can stop his engine.”
McGregor’s bout with Mayweather still isn’t official, but is tentatively take place in September. UFC president Dana White guesses that Conor will make 75 million dollars from the bout, but McGregor’s own estimates are much higher – well over 100 million.