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Dricus Du Plessis Believes Conor McGregor Changed UFC’s Fate- “Every single fighter needs to thank him”

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Conor McGregor: The Irish fighter burst onto the MMA scene like a supernova. His charisma, trash talk, and fighting skills captivated fans worldwide. With a professional record of 22 wins and 6 losses, McGregor has left an indelible mark on the sport.

Dricus Du Plessis recently opened up on Conor McGregor’s contribution to UFC

Du Plessis stated “Everything [Conor] touches man, he’s such a legend in the sport… he’s transformed it into such a mainstream sport… Even if you don’t like him, you can’t ever discredit what he’s done for the sport. Every single fighter needs to thank him, in my opinion, for the raise in pay, the raise in awareness of this sport.”

Conor McGregor’s Hand in Transformation of MMA

Before McGregor, MMA was still considered a niche sport. His brash personality and ability to generate headlines transcended the octagon. Suddenly, people who had never watched a fight were tuning in to see what this Irish sensation was all about.

McGregor’s impact on fighter pay cannot be overstated. His ability to draw massive pay-per-view numbers led to increased revenue for the UFC. As a result, fighters across weight classes saw their paychecks rise. McGregor’s influence forced the promotion to recognize the value fighters bring to the table.

McGregor’s fights became global events. Whether it was the raucous crowds in Dublin or the bright lights of Las Vegas, he brought MMA to new audiences. His bouts with Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Floyd Mayweather transcended the sport itself.

McGregor’s business acumen extended beyond the cage. Proper Twelve whiskey, fashion collaborations, and other ventures turned him into a brand. Fighters now understand the importance of building their personal brand beyond fighting.

Controversy and Legacy

Conor McGregor’s journey hasn’t been without controversy. From legal issues to heated rivalries, he’s been both loved and loathed. Yet, his impact remains undeniable.

Legacy: Every fighter who steps into the octagon today benefits from the path McGregor paved. Whether they acknowledge it or not, they owe him a debt of gratitude.

Dricus du Plessis’ statement echoes the sentiments of many fighters. Even those who dislike McGregor recognize his contributions. The sport’s growth owes much to “The Notorious”

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