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Conor McGregor Makes TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ List

Written by Tom Ngo
April 20th, 2017
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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has made TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” list for 2017.

None other than “The Terminator” himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, provided McGregor’s write-up.

“Conor McGregor is more than a fighter, more than an athlete, more than a champion—although, as the first person in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship to hold titles in two weight divisions at once, he is clearly all of those things,” Schwarzenegger wrote. “Conor is also the rare personality who has become bigger than his sport. That lean, compact body must struggle to keep his enormous character inside.

“From the first time I met Conor, I knew he wasn’t the type of star you could box into one category. Since I’ve gotten to know him, I can tell you that what you see on the screen—the now familiar face of mixed martial arts—just scratches the surface. The Dublin native is razor-sharp, disciplined and charismatic. His energy is absolutely contagious, to the point where you almost start shouting in an Irish accent after 30 seconds of hearing that world-famous mouth.”

McGregor was pleased to add the honor to his fast-growing list of accomplishments:

TIME describes their annual “100 Most Influential People” list not as a measure of power or wealth, but of influence. Therefore, influencers can be good or bad. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and United States President Donald Trump are also on this year’s list.

TIME seeks to recognize those who make the biggest impacts in health, science, entertainment and politics all over the world.

LeBron James, Simone Biles, Tom Brady and Colin Kaepernick join McGregor as the few athletes to crack the list.

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