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    Default After Conor McGregor's UFC 'loss,' Dana White an even bigger fan

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    "I love that he's that kind of a kid," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Saturday night's post-UFC Fight Night 26 press conference. "I love that he's that kind of a fighter. That just shows you more and more the promise that this kid has."

    McGregor (14-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) made his UFC debut in April, earning a 67-second stoppage of Marcus Brimage and picking up a "Knockout of the Night" bonus in the process. After that result, White immediately revealed the next move for McGregor: a visit to Boston, a town with strong Irish heritage.

    It was a wise decision, as McGregor was welcomed to the U.S. with open arms.

    "The support out there was unbelievable," McGregor said at the evening's post-event press conference. "It was green walking out there. The place was green. Green flags, f---ing leprechauns jumping around. It was unbelievable."

    McGregor faced a tough Max Holloway (7-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) on the preliminary portion of Saturday night's UFC Fight Night 26 event, which took place at Boston's TD Garden. He looked comfortable in the opening round, though Holloway proved a difficult target to track. Things got more complicated in the second, when McGregor said he heard his knee pop, leading him to focus on a more wrestling-heavy gameplan.

    While the adjustment worked, McGregor's limited options forced him to settle for a unanimous-decision result, a reality that didn't sit too well with the "Notorious" featherweight.

    "It feels like a loss to me, to be honest," McGregor said. "I wanted the finish. I felt the finish was there for me. I injured my knee midway through the second, and I just couldn't get it out of my head, but looking back I should have just pulled my knee from my leg and hit him with it.

    "I don't come here for decisions. We are rewarded for finishes, and that’s what I'm looking for. I'm a finisher. Anything else to me, other than stealing the show? I planned on stealing the show, and it didn't happen for me. It feels like I'm dealing with a loss at the minute."

    White has been one of McGregor's most vocal supporters in the months since his UFC debut. The promotion gave him its full backing during fight week, holding a special media day in his honor, conducting a custom-designed poster contest for fans and even airing his main-event-worthy walkout on the night's live broadcast when many other fighters' entrances were held during commercial breaks.

    The hope, of course, was that McGregor would turn in another star-making effort. That didn't exactly come to fruition, but White said the fighter's reaction to the adversity proves he's worth the attention he's been given.

    "I love that attitude," White said. "He's pissed off he didn't finish. Some guys will sit up here and go, 'Eh, well, I won.' No. He's pissed at himself that he didn't finish. Are you kidding me?

    "Why am I promoting this kid? Why am I getting behind him? Because I love what he's about."

    McGregor's next move isn't immediately clear. He'll need some time to heal his knee, which White said will probably be examined in the U.S. this week. From there, White and his team will look to find a suitable opportunity for McGregor that will both offer him a chance to move up the featherweight ladder, as well as cash in on his rapidly growing fame.

    For McGregor, the next booking can't come soon enough.

    "I mean what these guys have done from me, Dana giving me all this attention and putting this on me, these guys are making my dreams come true," McGregor said. "I'm forever grateful to these guys. That's why this is a loss to me.

    "I come out to finish every time. Max is tough. I wanted to exchange with Max. I don't know. I'm blown away, but realistically let's get the next one in because I'm ready to whoop somebody real quick, yeah?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat--Smasher View Post
    I'm really starting to like this kid.
    My Favorite Fighters

    1)Gray Maynard 2)Dan Henderson 3)Minotauro Nogueira 4)Wanderlei Silva 5)Roy Nelson 6)Tim Boetsch 7)Mark Hunt 8)Shogun Rua 9)Lyoto Machida 10) Connor McGregor

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    Everything he said at the post press conference was hilarious, golden comedy.
    Sorry Fedor, but Dan Henderson is the G.O.A.T.

    Favorite Fighter: JIM MILLER.
    Scariest Dude on the Planet: TYRONE SPONG.
    Other Favorites: Chris Lytle, Martin Kampmann, Joe Lauzon, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, Paul Daley, Ross Pearson, Donald Cerrone, Renan Barao, Glover Texiera, & Alistair Overeem.

    "He doesn't write his own material. Some homo in Queens living in his mother's basement in his underwear is writing Chael's material for him." - DON FRYE.

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    hes just a badass plain and simple... to me hes in the Bas Rutten category of a genuine great fighter in the ring and person outside

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    I am sure that I am the only one that does not really like him. I do not hate him, but I am not a fan.

    His fighting style is indeed exciting because he does a lot of flashy things and combines it with a Nick Diaz attitude of taunting and keeping his hands down. But he will have torubles as soon as he faces a good grappler.
    As for his personality, I find him kinda weird actually.
    First of all, I think it is very silly to use sunglasses inside a building.
    And as for his "golden comedy", I maybe do not understand that humour, because everybody was laughing like crazy at his comment of "3 people died making this clock" and to me it was like "meh...and what then?".
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff



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    Nooo, let's not compare Conor to a Diaz brother in any way.

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    Havent had the chance to watch much of him can't wait.
    Pasha K is your biggest problem with the kid that DW likes him and is backing him?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwbrewer View Post
    Havent had the chance to watch much of him can't wait.
    Pasha K is your biggest problem with the kid that DW likes him and is backing him?
    Of course man. Because I am so pathetic that my opinion on a fighter depends on what DW thinks about him...
    Not only brazilians can do this stuff


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    I don't know how anyone could not like him. He's an incredibly talented fighter, takes his job seriously, and seems like a genuinely cool dude. I think he's ready for a step up.

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