5 times MMA fighters copied Conor McGregor

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Kamaru Usman (left) & Conor McGregor (right)
Kamaru Usman (left) & Conor McGregor (right)

Conor McGregor has scaled the peak of success in the modern combat sports environment. He has only grown more popular with each appearance in the octagon. Imitation is often regarded as the best form of flattery and McGregor has consistently been on the receiving end.

In addition to spearheading the charge of popularizing combat sports across the globe, Conor McGregor has influenced a legion of fans. Furthermore, his presence has also inspired several fighters, whether they'd like to admit it or not.

The Dubliner has enjoyed a tremendous amount of infamy with respect to his actions inside and outside of the octagon. One of the most flashy entities in the realm of MMA, it is no surprise that budding fighters aspire to emulate the Irishman.

However, the desire to be more like Conor McGregor is not limited to up-and-coming fighters in the combat sports circuit; established fighters have often been observed trying to do the same.

In this article, we look at five instances when fighters have tried to channel their inner Conor McGregor. While some may admit that they draw inspiration from 'The Notorious', others would rather not.


#5. Sean O'Malley's rise in the UFC not unlike Conor McGregor's

Fans and MMA pundits have often drawn comparisons between Sean O'Malley and Conor McGregor, citing similarities in their penchant for extravagant objects and flashy demeanor.

Sean O'Malley previously admitted that he had introduced certain facets of Conor McGregor's personality into his own. He has also revealed that he found inspiration in McGregor's rise to fame.

“I definitely have taken bits and pieces and learned from him, which is the smart thing to do. Learn from someone who is that successful and doing that well. But yeah he’s definitely inspired me a ton. The way he carries himself. The way he handles pressure. The way he goes into these big fights. I’ve learned a lot from him,” exclaimed Sean O'Malley.

However, he was pretty clear that he was not trying to imitate the Irishman. The two were recently seen engrossed in conversation in a video O'Malley uploaded to social media.

#4. David Teymur takes a page out of Conor McGregor's book

David Teymur picked up a catchphrase that Conor McGregor had used in his debut in the UFC. The up-and-coming Irishman had already charted a path to greatness at that point. McGregor recorded a decisive first-round KO/TKO against Marcus Brimage to announce his arrival in the UFC in April 2013.

In the aftermath of the fight, Conor McGregor dropped one of the most iconic lines of his career, saying, "Dana, 60 Gs baby!" David Teymur often repeated the line over the course of his career.

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Teymur busted out his best impression of Conor McGregor following his win over Lando Vannata. The Swede recorded a unanimous decision victory over his UFC lightweight contemporary. His outing against Vannata marked his debut on a UFC pay-per-view.


#3. Jorge Masvidal donned a robe that was eerily similar to that of Conor McGregor

Jorge Masvidal kicked up a storm when he walked in to watch Conor McGregor butt heads with Donald Cerrone sporting a robe similar to the one the Irishman had previously worn.

McGregor was seen wearing a similar robe ahead of his fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2018. The Florida native's fashion choices prompted a short tirade from McGregor.

"Yeah I don’t know what that was about. Talk about blowing it, because that looked ridiculous to me. Was it my actual robe? Yeah it is the one, it was the black one. I don’t know. That’s a bit weird. I don’t give a f**k. Whatever," said McGregor.

#2. Kamaru Usman used Conor McGregor's lingo

The reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has consistently caught the ire of Conor McGregor for copying his one-liners.

Highly regarded as one of the best trash-talkers in the business, Conor McGregor knows how to get into his opponents' heads. McGregor has repeatedly called 'The Nigerian Nightmare' out for his tendency to copy the Irishman's disses. He also took to social media to call Usman out for copying his fighting style.

What's more, the Irishman recently rained down on the 170-lbs kingpin for copying his career trajectory by taking a fight against Canelo Alvarez. Kamaru Usman has expressed some interest in fighting the Mexican boxing superstar.

This prompted McGregor to take his thoughts to social media and claim that Usman was trying to do what 'The Notorious' did with Floyd Mayweather.

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#1. Maurice Adorf channeled Conor McGrgeor in spirit

While most fighters on this list have only imbibed certain facets of Conor McGregor's being into their lives, German MMA fighter Maurice Adorf has perhaps taken things to a whole other level.

Instead of purely modeling his career behind the Irishman, Adorf sought to look and fight exactly like him. A Twitter user previously took to the social media platform to highlight the fighter's uncanny likeness to Conor McGregor.

Right from entering the octagon to fighting at the German MMA Championship 18, it was as if Adorf had conjured the Irishman's spirit to come out on top. The fact that Adorf's left hand is his dominant striking hand only adds to the charm of the German Conor McGregor.

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Edited by Utathya Ghosh
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