Dana White compares Conor McGregor to Muhammad Ali - McGregor responds

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Dana White recently took part in an interview with regards to the 'Notorious' Conor McGregor.

In the interview with BTSport, the UFC owner shared his opinion on the Irishman, likening the star to that of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

Making headlines for his opinion, White suggested that McGregor is the superior trash-talker when compared to Ali.

Both men have had battles on the microphone with their respective opponents, but White believes that McGregor has the capability to outdo Ali when it comes to talking.

Muhammad Ali is regarded as one of the most celebrated sports figures of the 20th century, becoming one of the most significant men to ever take part in combat sports. 

The president of UFC also made comparisons with McGregor's ability to draw a crowd in and sell tickets to a show.

"Conor is very Ali-Like and I think he's even better than Ali at the Mental Warfare Game. He's as good as Ali at hyping up whatever he's doing."

While many would take the comparison as a huge compliment to McGregor, the UFC star of the day took spoke to Megan Olivi, the host of 'The Exchange', and dismissed the comments.

While certainly coming off proud of the compliment, McGregor stated that he doesn't agree with the statement.

“I appreciate that. I always appreciate the comparison but I’m quick to say that I am not anywhere close to Muhammad Ali.

“That was a special man. I am just a simple young kid from Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland and I’m here looking for a fight.”

With McGregor appearing to shake off the comparison, could we possibly see McGregor's ever arrogant deminer become even cockier in the face of this opinion from Dana White?

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For someone who is not exactly known for their modesty and humility, it will be interesting to see where and how McGregor allows this comparison to affect him and play on his mind.

McGregor will now move onto UFC 229 this weekend to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of the lightweight division, after promising to deliver a "devastating KO."

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