Despite his high-profile loss to Nate Diaz back on Saturday, March 5, at UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz, Conor McGregor is still recognized as one of the biggest draws and moneymakers for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Prior to Diaz, “The Notorious” had a winning streak that was 15 fights long. Some of the UFC fighters to fall to McGregor’s fast hands include Chad Mendes and José Aldo, who lost to McGregor in 13 seconds, the fastest finish for a championship fight in UFC history.
However, it is Conor McGregor’s personality and attitude that makes him such a fan favorite. Extremely confident and full of crass, McGregor was given the gift of gab in which he knows how to rip apart his opponents prior to entering the Octagon. His insults and smack talk are often times unparalleled. Probably the only time Conor McGregor was one-upped in smack talk was when Nate Diaz made fun of him for training with movement coach Ido Portal, saying he is “playing touch-butt in the park.“
Amir Khan made his sentiments known that he would like to fight Conor McGregor in MMA, as reported by Sky Sports. However, his sentiments seem to come off that he is trying to prove he is a “real man,” which may be a counter-argument to the fact that he turned down a fight with Floyd Mayweather because he thought it was a publicity stunt.
“I’ll go and fight Conor McGregor just to prove I’m a real man. I’m not one to back away, I’ve never backed away from any fight and I never will.”
Reportedly, Amir Khan is taking his possible foray into MMA seriously as he was seen training in an MMA gym. Before, Khan said he would need at least a full year to become a good MMA fighter. Since then, the timeline has decreased to just six months.
“I think that knockout jumbled some screws loose. He doesn’t respect the sport if he thinks that. Conor would merc him. It’s stupid. It’s a different sport. It’s stupid.”
Brendan Schaub may think the situation is stupid, but he would not be surprised if UFC signed Amir Khan. Schaub even used UFC signing CM Punk as a reference to why Khan would become a part of the fight roster.
“He has more right to fight than any of these (pro) wrestlers. I wouldn’t be surprised if the UFC signs him and they do a freak match. He would sell more tickets than CM Punk. Why not?
“If you’re going to do these freakshows, Amir Khan has more right than anyone else. Because the UFC, it’s really not a professional league. It’s more of entertainment. You might as well try it out. I wouldn’t be surprised.”
UFC has not responded to Amir Khan wanting to fight Conor McGregor. However, Khan’s last fight in boxing was humiliating as he was decimated by Canelo Alvarez, losing to him by knockout in the sixth round.
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