Boxing legend Muhammad Ali passed away Saturday morning, and the combat sports community has been mourning the loss of its champion ever since.
Combat sports stars across the globe took to social media to pay homage to the fallen boxing legend, including UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor who sent out the following Tweet Saturday morning using a quote from Quinton Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs”:
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) June 4, 2016
McGregor has been adamant in the past that Ali was in fact a huge role model for him as a mixed martial artist, and someone he has been compared to over the span of his career:
“It’s a comparison that’s been thrown at me a few times but I cannot accept a comparison like that,” McGregor said. “For me obviously Muhammad Ali was probably my first combat sports star that I looked up to.”
“I had never seen anything like that and I was fascinated by him growing up but I’ve been shaped by many people. Muhammad Ali’s a special man, he’s done things that are unthinkable.
He changed culture period. I am honored to even be put into that bracket by some people so thank you.”
While the Irishman along with the rest of the combat sports world mourns the death of Ali, he is also currently awaiting his next UFC bout after financial negotiations between the UFC and Nate Diaz have come to a halt.