Now that Conor McGregor has won the interim UFC featherweight championship with a come-from-behind second TKO of Chad Mendes in the main event of last weekend’s (Sat., July 11, 2015) UFC 189 from Las Vegas, the Irish star has arrived as arguably the promotion’s biggest star aside from women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
It’s clear that the UFC has found their next top-notch pay-per-view (PPV) draw in ‘Notorious,’ who has connected with fans on a global level like few ever have before. The UFC obviously recognized it, and invested a ton of money to promote McGregor’s scheduled bout with longtime champ Jose Aldo before ‘Junior’ pulled out with an injured rib.
But that fight still looms large as quite possibly the biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) bout of all-time; one that will undoubtedly push the brash and confident McGregor to all-new heights of superstardom were he to win. After his bout with Mendes, it’s clear that he has some things to work on; yet there was another decorated champion who was more often than not bailed out by his flashy striking and cocky personality.
That man is none other than longtime middleweight champ Anderson Silva, and while his and McGregor’s careers may share some stark contrasts, they more often share some clear similarities that are impossible to deny.
Let’s take a look at five big reasons why ‘Notorious’ is the UFC’s next Silva, a top draw that fans will gladly fork over their hard-earned cash to see: