Conor McGregor is undoubtedly the biggest MMA star to date. ‘The Notorious’ is a big draw and generates a high number of PPV buys.
A lot of MMA fans also love his villainous character and off the hook trash talk. Many believe he played a big part in making mixed martial arts as popular as they are today.
The 34-year-old Irishman is actually a decent athlete, or at least he was. He dominated UFC featherweight division and defeated longtime champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds. Not only that, he also became the first UFC two-division champion after defeating Eddie Alvarez.
However, McGregor has been experiencing downfall. Aside from losing to Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, McGregor also lost back-to-back against Dustin Poirier. His last appearance was in June of 2021 when he shattered the leg and compromised his future in sports.
McGregor is now fully healed and is ready to return to the octagon. He will coach the upcoming TUF season against UFC lightweight star Michael Chandler.
Many fans are doubting McGregor will do well in the future considering he’s a millionaire with nothing to gain, not to mention the seriously compromised leg.
However, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal aka Shaq has a different opinion. In a recent talk with InsideFighting, he said that he is expecting the old McGregor to return and win another title.
“I expect a great show. He’s always been a great showman. He’s always been a great competitor. Me and him have the similar type blood. When you doubt us, that’s when we rise. They doubted him, he went to the top, took a couple of bumps, went away for a while, he trained. He’s looking real good… Of course, I know he will [be a champion again].” Shaq said.
Shaq has been an MMA fan and was spotted several times at UFC major events. He also has experience in martial arts.
Shaq, who is one of the greatest basketball players in the world, used to train in mixed martial arts in early 2000s. The 50-year-old American practiced boxing and muay thaias well as jiu jitsu and wrestling.
Ezra Samuel is a passionate freelance writer with a particular love for covering MMA news. His interest in the sport dates back to his college days, and he has since established himself as a respected voice in the MMA community. Over the years, Ezra has contributed his writing to a variety of digital outlets, including the popular site calfkicker.