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Conor McGregor's Reaction To Being Called 'Muhammad Ali Of The UFC' Was Incredibly Different To Khabib's

Conor McGregor's Reaction To Being Called 'Muhammad Ali Of The UFC' Was Incredibly Different To Khabib's

Conor McGregor has been called the 'Muhammad Ali of the UFC' - with his reaction being quite different to longtime rival Khabib Nurmagomedov.

'The Notorious' is currently training for his Octagon return against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, with TheMacLife releasing a string of interviews with his team.

One man who spoke about McGregor is Crumlin Boxing Club's Phil Sutcliffe, who compared the former 'Champ-champ' to legendary boxer Ali.

"I tell most of our boxers, learn how to read, learn how to see the shots coming. He has that with fine art," he begun.

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"He's the Muhammad Ali of the UFC."

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McGregor retweeted the comments on his Twitter page and let fans debate the comparison in the replies.

It's a stark contrast to what Nurmagomedov said back in September, stating it is 'inappropriate' to put him at that level due to outside of sport factors.

When asked about 'The Greatest', Nurmagomedov told True Gym MMA per The Sports Rush: "I think comparing Ali and me is probably wrong.

"Only if we talk about the fact that we are both champions and both Muslims. But all the things he did outside the ring, with this I cannot be compared indeed.

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"At the time when he was a champion, he was...another race, and at that time in America, black people were treated badly, and according to his stories, he was not even served in restaurants.

"He threw away the gold medal. He changed the attitude towards his race very much. So, we cannot be compared.

"To be able to compare me with him, I need to go back to those years and be black, and be a champion. After that we would see how I would have behaved in such a situation, In this case, we can be compared.

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"I like that people compare us, but I think it is inappropriate."

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Nurmagomedov retired from UFC in October but is still technically the lightweight champion.

No official announcement has been made regarding McGregor vs Poirier being a title match.

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Topics: Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor Mcgregor, UFC News, MMA News, Boxing, Legends, muhammad ali, UFC, MMA, reactions

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