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Dana White Explains What Sets Conor McGregor Apart From The UFC GOATs

Dana White Explains What Sets Conor McGregor Apart From The UFC GOATs

Dana White says Conor McGregor is the first UFC fighter to truly become a global superstar and that's what separates him from the likes of Chuck Liddell, Georges St-Pierre and Ronda Rousey.

White spoke about his promotion's business model and how fighters ultimately become partners with the UFC.

And he also explained what sets McGregor apart from the UFC GOATs like St-Pierre, Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.

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"The way that it works in the UFC, these guys that become these big stars become partners," he told Eddie Hearn on Talk The Talk.

"They become partners in the pay-per-view and selling the pay-per-view, and that's how we all make money. From the Chuck Liddell's to the Anderson Silva's to the Georges St-Pierre's to the Jon Jones, Ronda Rousey. They all brought something different to the table.

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"Whether it was Georges St-Pierre building the Canadian market for us. Whether it was Anderson Silva in Brazil. Ronda Rousey bringing in women that would never watch the UFC in a million years. The difference between all of them and Conor McGregor, is Conor McGregor took us global."

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He added: "Everybody on Earth loved Conor McGregor and Conor McGregor opened up territories that had never been that interested in us before. Maybe we had a small fanbase there, but he blew the whole country up. He's the first guy that truly was a global star."

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Image: PA

McGregor owns the pay-per-view and live gate records in the UFC. He's a huge crossover star and is recognised well beyond the Octagon.

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The UFC's biggest draw whose flexed his star power and helped turn the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Nate Diaz into mega-stars.

Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Anderson Silva, UFC News, UFC, Ronda Rousey, Dana White, chuck liddell, Georges St-Pierre

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Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.