When it comes to the bests sportsman there is a lot of debate as there are tons of sports categories one can choose from and there are thousands of excellent sportsman and sportswomen to compete for the top spot. However, when it comes to one of the most influential persons in sports in the past decade, nobody can take that spot away from none other than the famous UFC fighter Connor McGregor. Connor has had a rough start as he was not brought up in a famous sports family so he had no affinity or aspiration to become a famous sportsman. In fact, one of the jobs Connor was doing before he became a multi-millionaire world champion in UFC, was the job of a plumber. Since he quit that job Connor has dedicated his life to become the greatest UFC fighter in the world, and since he is a lightweight champion and a featherweight champion one can argue that he has accomplished his goals, but one would say that this has not made him the most influential sportsman of the decade.
In fact, many people still don’t even know who Connor McGregor even is, or why a UFC fighter should be considered one of the most influential sportsmen of the decade, but that is the reason why we are here and we have a few options that we would like to share with you as to why Connor McGregor has won that award in our minds.
– Connor McGregor is 2nd on the UFC’s pound for pound rankings
Which is a vote that was introduced in 2013 where people could vote who the best fighter is in the world when it comes to many categories? Connor has been one of the most famous and well-known names in the UFC ever since he joined. Sometimes you don’t have to be the best in something to be the most liked or the most famous.
– McGregor is the only fighter that became champion of not one but two UFC divisions at the same time
Connor gained this title when he defeated Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds for his featherweight title, and his second title of lightweight title was from his victory of Eddie Alvarez
– Connor also became one of the most famous boxers in 2017
Even though he lost in his debut boxing fight from the boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. he has cemented his name in the boxing world as his debut fight was against one of the greatest known boxers of our time.
– McGregor is the biggest PPV in MMA history
His PPV (or pay-per-view) title comes from two events where he set world records, the first fight was against Nate Diaz where he drew in 1.6 million PPV buys which was the biggest count in MMA history and his debut boxing fight against Mayweather drew in 4.3 million which was the second biggest PPV count in history.
This man maybe is not the best fighter in the world, but he is currently one name that everyone who enjoys sports of any kind knows and respects. If nothing McGregor has made himself a true household name, but if we just looked at his personal life, he has made himself a successful multimillionaire that has just begone his life.