Conor McGregor has been referred to as a number of issues however we’re fairly certain that is the first time we have heard anybody say he is like Tiger Woods.
Booker T, the 5 time 5 time 5 time WCW champion, was a visitor on Stone Cold Steve Austin’s podcast this week and through a dialogue about pay scales within the UFC, he drew comparability between McGregor and the 14 time main winner.
Austin introduced up the subject of McGregor, citing him as a catalyst for UFC fighters’ wrestle to get higher paid for his or her fights:
When he first began approaching the scene, , he has that aura about him; that chemistry; that it and that x-factor. He’s speaking all that trash and he is backing it up, and he is just a supreme showman. Then, extremely, he has the boxing match with Mayweather and he rakes it in on that.
He’s a man – to me – that everyone has regarded to, particularly the Diaz brothers, pondering ‘Hey man, when you’re paying this son of a bitch all this cash then the place’s mine?’ So I believe he has made an enormous case for guys getting paid more cash or bucking the system.
He pointed to the present UFC Heavyweight champion as one other instance: “It seems to me that’s what a lot more fighters are doing [demanding more money]. They’re being very selective about their opponents, like a friend of mine, Daniel Cormier, wanting that fight with Brock Lesnar because he knows that’s going to be the biggest payday of his life.”
McGregor’s pulling energy is, after all, unrivalled and Booker T places it all the way down to his enterprise acumen and the fanbase he has in Ireland:
Conor McGregor got here in there and he proved his value, he proved how good he was and he proved that he was marketable. He proved that he was bankable as nicely.
Conor has bought a rustic behind him, he is bought an entire sea of individuals which might be going to comply with him as nicely and that is what made Conor slightly bit completely different. Conor was keen to financial institution on himself and say ‘Whatever the UFC say, screw them. I’m going to have this boxing match….’ He bought so large that they [UFC] could not say something as a result of they wished him as a result of once you’re drawing cash individuals are going to need you it doesn’t matter what.
He then likened McGregor’s present scenario to when Tiger Woods was in his pomp: “It’s almost like Tiger Woods back in the day. They used to pay Tiger a million just to show up at tournaments. With Conor he’s gotten it to the point now where ‘If you want me to show up, pay me to show up!’ A lot of fighters can take notes from what he’s doing.”
The Notorious will likely be lining his coffers even additional when he faces Khabib Nurmagomedov on 7 October however when you ask me, they could truly do with taking a leaf out of Booker T and Stone Cold’s guide and maintain the fight in a grocery store
You can hear the fellows dicussing McGregor from about 1 hour 11 minutes in beneath: