To be a massive star in the UFC, the fighter needs to have the charisma, fan pleasing style, and the most important is to keep winning. When McGregor made his featherweight run, it was truly something magnificent. He was undefeated in his run and even went on to knock out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.
Aldo that time was considered as the top pound for pound fighter. McGregor also beat big names like Dustin Poirier, Max Holloway, Chad Mendes and many other contenders to get to the title.
One of the reasons why he became a massive star is his mic game. McGregor is one of the best trash talkers in the game, that it destroys his opponent’s mental game sometimes. McGregor is also known for his striking game that could knock his opponent out with pin point accuracy.
Conor McGregor is without a doubt the biggest star UFC even today. Win, Lose, or Draw, people want to see him fight. Even during his rise in the UFC, he was already a massive star. McGregor was such a huge star that even Floyd Mayweather accepted his challenge in a boxing match.
The question lies if McGregor loses back to back the same opponent, will he lose his stardom and eventually retire? McGregor has already beaten the odds numerous times but he is facing someone that gave him his first KO loss in MMA.
Some fans think that McGregor is not hungry anymore since the motivation of getting rich is no more. McGregor is now the highest paid athlete which begs the question, what motivates McGregor to fight? He already has a fantastic legacy, becoming a two division champion.
The winner of McGregor vs Poirier 3 will likely be fighting Charles Oliveira next, could it motivate McGregor to become a two time champion or is Poirier just a better lightweight fighter?