Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson talks Conor McGregor, UFC 196

If this doesn’t get you pumped up for UFC 196, I don’t know what will, as Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz go toe-to-toe physically and verbally during their pre-fight media rounds.

There is an all-star roster of celebrity fight fans that tune into as many UFC events as they can. Among those fans is Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson.

The reigning A.L. MVP is a huge fan of mixed martial arts and can’t wait for Satuday’s UFC 196 main event between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

Our pal Geoff Rohoman of 680 NEWS recently asked Sportsnet 590 The Fan’s Mike Wilner to track down Donaldson in Dunedin, Fla., and got his take on McGregor, how he sees Saturday’s card unfolding and why he enjoys mixed martial arts.

“I like the combat side of it. I like seeing people get punched in the face,” Donaldson said with a laugh. “The guys that are really good, you have to appreciate greatness and that’s why I like Conor so much. I think he’s one of the greats.”

Donaldson, who says he predicted Ronda Rousey would get knocked out during her last fight, seems quite knowledgeable about the nuts and bolts of the fight game. He believes this is McGregor’s fight to lose.

“I love his act. I love everything about this guy really,” Donaldson said. “First off, he knows his body probably better than any MMA fighter out there. He’s a technician. I think he knocks [Diaz] out later on in the first round. Diaz is just too slow. He’s tough but he’s a guy that likes to stalk people down and Conor’s not a guy you want to stalk.”

Feel free to listen to the full interview.