I don't know about you, but I don't believe there is a greater honor in this world than an endorsement from Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The massive WWE star sat down to talk to Entertainment.ie about his upcoming film, San Andreas, the advertisements for which you may remember interrupting the fight between Neil Magny and Hyun Gyu Lim a couple weeks ago. During the interview, the focus shifted, as so much seems to do these days, to UFC 189 and its outspoken challenger.
After an anecdote where he reveals that Dana White himself prompted him to join social media (for which we are forever thankful), Johnson, a longtime fan and friend of the promotion, gets into his analysis.
"I love [Conor]... I love that guy. I love Aldo too, by the way. You know, I respect these fighters so incredibly much."
"You're gonna have two bad dudes basically who are going to go out," he said of the match up. He cites Aldo's quiet confidence and McGregor's own confidence, which is "not quiet, by the way."
He also says that Conor reminds him of himself in his WWE days. "There was nothing that I wouldn't say... to create interest."
And he thinks it's working for him and may have even given him a "mental edge."
He finishes up with the most technical and salient evaluation of "The Notorious" I have ever heard:
"Plus, he looks good in a vest."
In the face of this evidence, I propose a re-branding of McGregor from "The Notorious" to "The Pebble."
We'll find out whether he's still big enough to roll over the champ on July 11th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Let's not forget the card will also feature a rematch between Robbie Lawler and Rory McDonald for the "Ruthless'" welterweight belt and a clash between featherweight powerhouses Jeremy Stephens and Dennis Bermudez atop the five-fight pay-per-view (PPV).
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