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UFC Quick Quote: Conor McGregor is the Irish Muhammad Ali

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"I hate even saying this, but with his gift of gab and his athletic ability and fighting ability, it's almost like the Irish Muhammad Ali in a way. To compare anybody to Ali is kind of stupid because of all the other great things that were associated with him from a social movement and everything else. But Conor has just got that sparkle, that thing to him. Wherever he goes -- whether we put him on TV, whether he's doing an interview, whether he's around a group of people -- he just is the center of attention. He's got that special quality, and for a guy that's fought in the UFC four times to have the interest of GQ Magazine, Men's Health, ESPN? He's got it."

I would tell Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) CEO Lorenzo Fertitta to pump the brakes on the Conor McGregor war wagon, but it doesn't appear to have any as it roars down the New England freeway and straight into the main event of UFC Fight Night 59, which takes place inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, on Jan. 18, 2015. Fertitta (via MMA Junkie) understands that comparing anyone to Muhammad Ali will invite scrutiny (example), but we're talking about a fighter who can shut down an entire country, so being talked about in the same sentence as "The Greatest" is probably not that big of a deal in the ZUFFA headquarters. Just remember which guy will be laughing on Monday morning should this hype train derail on Sunday night.