Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight stars Daniel Cormier and Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson might have differing views on a number of topics but the duo agree that Conor McGregor is good for the sport with Cormier even likening the Irishman to Stone Cold Steve Austin of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).
The duo, who are scheduled to face-off for the light-heavyweight title at the UFC 206 event to be held in Toronto, were unequivocal in their praise for the current featherweight champion claiming that his antics and personality helps in raising the profile of the sport and that McGregor is a big brand in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
"He brings more eyes. I think he is the anti-hero. He is Stone Cold Steve Austin from 2000. The guy that you're supposed to kinda root against, but you want to root for. Everything that he does before would have gotten people to boo you. But it's like they've taken to it. It's something so different that what they're used to seeing the people love it. I think it's fine", Cormier said, as quoted by The Sun.
Johnson, who has a 17-5 win loss record with UFC, too agreed that McGregor is what people are coming to see and that what he is doing is good for the sport.
"It sells. It's good for the sport. You gotta have our bad boys and our good guys. He brings a lot of attention to the sport and we need that. We need that to make sure we keep the fans entertained and wanting to see us fight. He brings a lot of attention to the sport and we need that. We need that to make sure we keep the fans entertained and wanting to see us fight", Johnson said.
"Like I used to tell people when they used to ask about Tito Ortiz. I'm like you're gonna pay to see the man fight because you want to see him either win, or you want to see him lose. He talks it and he backs it up. And Conor does the same thing. He's working magic for the UFC", the 32-year-old added.
The Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Joshua clash is scheduled to take place on 10 December at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada.