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Conor McGregor lands cover of Sports Illustrated, joins Huerta and Rousey

Conor McGregor on Sports Illustrated

Conor McGregor puts the fight in Fighting Irish . . . and the fear in the rest of the UFC”.

That’s what the headline reads on the front of Sports Illustrated magazine.

The all green theme, just a month before St. Patrick’s Day and one of the biggest fights of McGregor’s career at UFC 196, tells the tale of how an Irish fighter has become the biggest name in mixed martial arts, outside of Ronda Rousey.

McGregor joins only Rousey and Roger Huerta as the only UFC fighters to grace the Sports Illustrated magazine cover.

L. Jon Wertheim’s full magazine story on McGregor, which chronicles his rise to UFC stardom, will debut Wednesday morning on along with McGregor’s SI Films feature.

McGregor of course landed the shot heard round the world in December when he knocked out longtime former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds.

He fights Nate Diaz in a welterweight fight next month in what is expected to be one of the biggest fights in UFC history.

The cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine is usually reserved for top athletes in their sport.  A McGregor nomination solidifies him as a top tier fighter in the eyes of the general public and media and symbolizes the sport of MMA moving towards mainstream recognition.

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Eric Kowal

Eric Kowal

Owner/Editor/Journalist at MyMMANews
Founder of - After writing for Ultimate MMA magazine and serving as the editor for U.S. Combat Sports, both of which went on hiatus, I decided to venture out on my own and enlist a staff of writers and photographers that could help me achieve my goal of telling stories that would otherwise go untold. We pride ourselves in taking a deeper look into the fighter, and understanding what makes them tick. - #1 Dad, Marine Corps Veteran, 80's and 90's Pro Wrestling Fan, MMA Commentator, Beer Lover, and avid movie watcher. Seriously..... I watch a lot of movies.

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