There's no disputing that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight king Conor McGregor is the most closely watched combat sports star in the world today.
His ability to stand out among his peers, create unfathomable fan interest, and fill the rumor mill is like anything we've ever seen at the mixed martial arts (MMA) level. In turn, many people try to attach themselves to McGregor's name in order to promote their own.
Most recently, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Rigan Machado threw out the idea that actor Ashton Kutcher, who is a purple belt under Machado, could out-grapple the 145-pound king.
"I put all my money (on) Ashton Kutcher," said Machado in a recent interview with TMZ Sports. "I think he could do really, really good. He’s 200 pounds, 6-2, 6-3, he’s the best."
While the former That '70s Show star would be a handful for McGregor based solely on his size, it's hard to imagine he could outpoint one of the best pound-for-pound MMA fighters in the world today. And even though McGregor is a striker at heart, he rolls with BJJ wizard and UFC Welterweight Gunnar Nelson on a daily basis.
"Ashton Kutcher, for me, is my No. 1 student," added Machado. "He’s a purple belt but he has a really good background in wrestling. I think he has a chance to be one of the top guys in jiu-jitsu."
Quite the praise from Machado. Maybe after McGregor is done boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. he can take out Kutcher in a grappling match.