Conor McGregor is not just a star in MMA, he’s a household name around the world.
His box office stardom is unparalleled in the UFC and nobody is even close.
He has achieved a lot inside the octagon too as he became the first-ever double champion in UFC history and holds the record for the fastest knockout in a title fight.
But life isn’t easy when you’re at the top. Everything the Irishman does is scrutinised to the highest degree and any time he falters, many revel in his misfortune.
He suffered the first knockout loss of his MMA career to Dustin Poirier back in January at UFC 257 and while he lost that battle, he’s looking to win the war with their third meeting at UFC 264 on July 10.
In the future, McGregor has suggested that he would like to challenge for the welterweight title as well and the current holder of that belt is one of the pound-for-pound greats today, Kamaru Usman.
Although Usman has been involved in a war of words with McGregor before, speaking on the True Geordie Podcast, he explained that he understands how difficult things are for The Notorious.
“My daddy used to always say, ‘Everybody loves the chair, but while they’re chairing they can’t make the move,’” said Usman.
“That’s exactly what Conor feels like and I know it – it’s tough. I know it’s hard being Conor, I know it’s hard. I am a champion and I know how hard it is to be the champion now.
“I can’t imagine what Conor’s going through, that’s got to be hard because you can’t do anything – people can’t wait to move because now people are just waiting to rub it in your face.”
McGregor has faced claims that he is past his prime. He has also been accused of ‘losing the edge’ that made him such an electric star during his UFC rise.
Some fans believe the money has made McGregor complacent, but Usman says that will only give McGregor so much solace.
“Of course you’ve got the money, you’ve got all this, you’ve got all that, but bro, you got knocked out in your last fight,” Usman continued.
“And then you’ve [won] one in your last four or five fights, something like that – people can’t wait to throw that in your face.
“So yeah, it’s a tough life to lead,” Usman concluded.
McGregor has a chance to get back on the right path next month and who knows, if he does get the victory perhaps he will set his sights on Usman in a bid to make history once again as the first three-weight champion in UFC history.