The UFC has it's share of stars: GSP, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Chael Sonnen, Ronda Rousey. There's are some a little less well-known but could easily be put on that list as well. As far as a star on the rise about to break into the next level, one name comes to mind: Conor McGregor.
The Irish MMA phenom is a star in his home of Ireland, but has yet to capture the masses attention in MMA, but I think that about to change. He's on the brink of becoming a big star in MMA.
First off he has the skills. He has a very sharp striking game, is calm in the cage and can pull the trigger very effectively and accurately. Additionally he is a good looking guy, has a unique and thick Irish accent, and has a great personality. After his big win over Marcus Brimage in the UFC, he talked about being on social welfare and being giddy over the fact he won 60 Gs as a bonus for KO of the Night.
Most of all, he's an inspirational figure, which is something that people latch onto. Young or old, we like people who inspire us to follow our hearts, pursue our passions, and chase our dreams. McGregor is someone who does that. He's a person who didn't take the route of doing a job he disliked, but inside followed a passion of his and is taking it as far as he possibly can. If you hear the words being mouthed by McGregor you realize he's a very wide, focused, motivated, and inspirational figure. One who's about to see his dreams of excellence and stardom be manifested.
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