UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier felt a sense of pride watching Conor McGregor box against Floyd Mayweather.
The UFC lightweight champion is the biggest name in mixed martial arts (MMA), as he became the first man in the promotion's history to hold two world titles in different weight classes simultaneously. McGregor won the UFC featherweight championship in December of 2105 when he knocked out longtime champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. In November of the next year "The Notorious One" defeated Eddie Alvarez via second round knockout to win the lightweight title, capturing his second belt.
After deciding to take a few months off to enjoy the birth of his first son, McGregor became embroiled in discussions to make his professional boxing debut against, arguably, the greatest boxer of all time - Floyd Mayweather.
The bout was finally made and this past weekend (Sat. August 26, 2017) Mayweather and McGregor met inside the squared circle. The MMA mega-star surprised many with his performance, seeming to win the opening rounds before fatiguing late in the fight. He gassed out and was finished in the 10th round via TKO after eating a barrage of unanswered shots.
Despite his failed attempt to pull off the biggest upset in the history of sports, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier joined The MMA Hour and explained why McGregor's performance made him feel a sense of pride (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“When I was watching Conor fight, I felt a sense of, like, pride. I was actually proud of him,” Cormier said Monday on The MMA Hour.
“I mean, it doesn’t matter that I’m proud of him. It just felt like, because I think I didn’t expect him to do as well as he did, and when I watched him out there and I watched him look good in there, I watched him hold himself high and give a good account of himself, I was like, man, look at him, look at how professional — he didn’t just chase money, he went out there to try to win a fight against the greatest boxer, I think, of all-time.
“He went out there and he looked the part, he carried himself well in the promotion, the build-up, after the fight. In the fight, he fought well.”
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