Wednesday 21 March 2018

Arnold Schwarzenegger heaps praise on Conor McGregor as he makes Time magazine's 100 most influential list

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has made Time Magazine's 100 most influential list for 2017.

The 28-year-old Crumlin native, who has taken the world of mixed martial arts by storm in recent years, is in top spot in the Pioneer category alongside the likes of actor/director Jordan Peele, musician Chance The Rapper and Ivanka Trump.

The list is divided into five subcategories which include: pioneers, artists, leaders, titans and icons.

The only other athletes to make the list were NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, NBA champion LeBron James and Barcelona and Brazil star Neymar.

Each of the 100 people on the list had a bio written by a friend and McGregor's was written by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"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," he wrote.

"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."

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