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Morning Report: Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes to see 'one of the greatest athletes of all time' Conor McGregor join him in Hollywood

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Move over, Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Leading up to a title showdown July 11 at UFC 189, top UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor is gaining praise from another action star.

We're still not sure if featherweight champion Jose Aldo will be well enough to defend the belt, or if Chad Mendes will step in, but Arnold Schwarzenegger is betting on McGregor, regardless.

"Conor is one of the greatest athletes probably of all times," Schwarzenegger told JOE.ie while promoting his upcoming Terminator sequel.

"He has the right combination of the mind, the body and the talent. The two are connected so well with him, which I think is so important in athletics that you believe, 100 percent, in your victory. See it, believe it, achieve it. That's the way it goes. He's a great athlete."

Schwarzenegger says McGregor's bravado reminds him of his former self, along with parlaying a successful athletic career into acting.

"He's also a fun guy to hang out with and he's very good at improvisation. He reminds me a little bit of the way I always was when I grew up in bodybuilding. The only way you get noticed is if you say outrageous things. He does that to get noticed and because of that, because he's a great fighter and because of his personality, he now is becoming the hottest ticket.

"His fight will be sold out everywhere and will have the highest viewership."

Formerly the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, Schwarzenegger says he'd love to see McGregor join him in Tinseltown.

"I hope so," Schwarzenegger said of McGregor possibly starring in films. "I think any athlete should always think about beyond their athletic career. The athletic career only goes so far. You can sometimes push it into the thirties or maybe get close to forty.

"From then on, it should really start switching, even if it's within your own sport. If he wants to become a promoter, an actor, commentator, politician or running a famous charity. I think it's great to branch out."

McGregor fights July 11 in the main event at UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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