It’s widely accepted that Conor McGregor is the biggest star in the UFC by a country mile, but despite that Dana White believes that he may actually be underrated.
“It’s funny to say this because of how popular he is and what a huge star he is, but I think Conor McGregor is one of the most underrated fighters in the UFC,” White said on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “Every time Conor McGregor comes out to fight somebody new and it’s a wrestler, or it’s whatever, this is the fight that Conor’s gonna lose.
“When Chad Mendes, leading up to the fight where he fought Chad Mendes, you know, everybody thought Chad Mendes was a wrestler, everybody believed he would do that. And then after he won everyone said that Chad Mendes didn’t have enough time to train for it.
“He said he would knock out Jose Aldo the way he did it. He said he would do it in the first round.
“A lot of people picked him to lose against Eddie Alvarez because of Alvarez’s style and wrestling and look how he looked there. I think because Conor is so popular and his personality and everything, I think he’s completely underrated.”