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Dana White compares Conor McGregor to Muhammad Ali: 'He's the greatest ever at mental warfare'

High praise for UFC's cash cow and interim Featherweight champion ahead of the blockbuster pay-per-view (PPV) event next weekend ...

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"It's too early to tell if Conor is one of the greatest fighters ever, though we're getting close [to being able to tell]. A win over Jose Aldo would get him going in the right direction, obviously. But I can tell you this, without reservation: He is the greatest mental warfare fighter I have ever met. Ever. The best. He doesn't just fuck with the guys he's going to fight. He fucks with everybody. I know it's sacrilege to compare anybody to Muhammad Ali in anything in the fight business. You don't ever want to be comparing people to Muhammad Ali, but he's the only one who comes to mind when it comes to the mental warfare that Conor wages."

Chalk that up as the second comparison (here's the first) now made to Muhammad Ali by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brass on behalf of boisterous Irishman and interim Featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor, who they maintain is just as good as the greatest boxer of all-time at the mental side of the combat sports game.

UFC President Dana White, who has become increasingly cozy with his "Notorious" cash cow throughout 2015, told such to Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole (via FOX Sports).

McGregor has made waves over his two-year run in ZUFFA, masquerading across continents as part of a UFC 189 pay-per-view (PPV) World Tour, in which he lambasted 145-pound king Jose Aldo.

Their planned headliner never happened because of an Aldo rib injury, with Chad Mendes filling the void in a scrap for the interim belt, causing UFC head honcho Lorenzo Fertitta to take extra precautions to make sure that it goes down at UFC 194 on Sat., Dec. 12, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

All the while, McGregor has been making big plans.

For the complete UFC 194: "Aldo vs. McGregor" fight card, click here.

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