Conor McGregor had probably the lowest point of his UFC career to date on Saturday night after tapping out to Nate Diaz.
The Irishman, who had been trash-talking his American counterpoint ever day in the leadup to the fight, was forced to submit after a lazy takedown attempt resulted in some vicious strikes and finally a rear-naked choke from Diaz to finish the bout.
However, despite taking his first L in the UFC, McGregor has still been praised by Dana White in the media for doing something that the great Georges St-Pierre never had the bottle to do in moving up weights.
White says McGregor was willing to fight two divisions higher, which is something they could never get St-Pierre to do no matter how many times they offered him a matchup with former middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
"That's the thing -- nobody wants to do it. GSP would never move up to 185 to fight Anderson Silva. He wouldn't do it," White said when speaking to Russillo and Kanell on ESPN Radio Tuesday.
"That's what makes Saturday so fun. You know how many times we wanted to do the GSP-Anderson Silva fight? GSP would not do it. Would not do it. Guys don't do that stuff. That's what makes Conor McGregor so unique, so fascinating and so fun.
"For GSP he was moving up one weight class. Conor McGregor jumped up two weight classes."
McGregor took a risk and, unfortunately, he flew too close to the sun. But, Dana still has a great respect for him.
"Conor McGregor is so much fun in the fight business. Guys don't do that," he said. "Guys who are making the money that Conor McGregor makes, has the money in the bank, and all the things that are going on with him, he has a world title, he just decides to jump up two weight classes and fight somebody else."
McGregor will almost certainly be making his return to the octagon at the UFC 200 show. Against who, still remains to be seen with a rematch against Jose Aldo and a challenge from Frankie Edgar on the table.
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