Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer who was born on July 14, 1988. Conor is a former lightweight and featherweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). On March 8, 2008, he fought Gary Morris in a two-round MMA battle in Dublin, Ireland, where he won by Technical Knock Out (TKO) by 1-0. “Cage of Truth 2” was the event’s name. In 2017, he switched his concentration to the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) and began boxing. He is ranked No. 9 in the UFC lightweight rankings as of July 19, 2021.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. beat him in his first professional boxing battle. Forbes named him the world’s highest-paid athlete in 2021, with a whopping $180 million in earnings. He was a member of the Lourdes Celtic Football Club. He considered becoming a professional football player at the time. Conor is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt. According to Bleacher Report, he was the 2015 Fighter of the Year. Dana White, the president of the mixed martial arts company Ultimate Fighting Championship, signed Conor before he had even fought. On July 10, 2021, he fought Dustin Poirier for the third time at UFC 264, losing by technical knockout in round one when the ringside doctor halted the fight. McGregor’s tibia was shattered, and he was unable to continue. ‘Notorious’ is his moniker. He is mostly regarded as a striker who loves to fight standing up rather than on the ground. Here are ten facts about Conor McGregor that you probably didn’t know.
Conor McGregor is the first Irishman to compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Tom Egan was the first Irishman in the UFC before Conor McGregor. McGregor’s first encounter with SBG coach John Kavanagh was organised by Egan. Since then, Kavanagh has served as McGregor’s primary coach throughout his illustrious career, which has featured two Cage Warrior global titles and four UFC victories. Egan fought on the historic UFC 93 event in Dublin, where he was defeated by John Hathaway. Conor McGregor would subsequently go on to become the first Irish fighter to win a UFC fight. McGregor’s new trainer is now Egan.
As a child, he was bullied.
Conor, like so many other fighters, was bullied before becoming the UFC’s most lethal knockout artist. Bullying was the motivation for him to learn how to protect himself. He subsequently began training in martial arts and boxing, and he hasn’t looked back since. He now pays back by making presentations at schools about his bullying experiences. McGregor is now a supporter of anti-bullying programmes.
He has the capability to understand the future.
Conor McGregor is so sure of himself that he believes what he says completely. He is able to conquer his rivals due to his immense confidence and flawless combat abilities, and he appears to be able to foretell the future. It all began when Conor McGregor, at 18 years old, sat down for an interview and stated unequivocally that he would compete in the UFC. I’m a rising star in the sport, and you can bet you’ll see me in the UFC in the not-too-distant future. Unquestionably, he was well aware that he was the MMA’s future.
He’s a plumber or electrician.
Conor started his boxing career as a plumber in Dublin. During his apprenticeship, he worked up to 12 hours a day fixing pipes and toilets. I’m sure there are talented plumbers out there that are passionate about their work. Plumbing, on the other hand, was not my thing.” He told his father he was planning to quit his job shortly after making his MMA debut.
He aspired to be a professional soccer player.
Prior to his MMA career, he was a die-hard Manchester United supporter who aspired to be a soccer player. Conor, according to the storey, aspired to be a professional soccer player when he was younger.
Conor won a battle in less than four seconds.
Conor McGregor defeated Patrick Doherty in a bout in 2011. It took him about 4 seconds to knock out his opponent with two crushing strikes. Conor competed in the co-main event at Immortal Championship 4 in Letterkenny, Ireland, against Paddy Doherty. McGregor recently tweeted a video of his victory on Twitter with the caption: “Oh my goodness! I just sold out the T-Mobile Arena for the second time! 20.800 people crammed into a small space! It was sold out in a matter of seconds! On the tenth anniversary of my professional Mixed Martial Arts’ quickest one-punch KO!” “One of the quickest in the history of Professional Mixed Martial Arts is 3.5 moments “..
Muhammad Ali is Conor McGregor’s idol.
As a youngster, McGregor looked up to Ali as a role model and a great career path. He also paid respect to Muhammad Ali by appearing on the cover of UFC magazine in the same posture as he did on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Due to his fighting and trash-talking abilities, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta has dubbed the interim champion “The Irish Muhammad Ali.”
McGregor has drawn similarities to Muhammad Ali, whom he describes as one of his early idols, for his use of trash talk and “psychological warfare” against his opponents. McGregor does not believe he is fully deserving of the comparison. On Tuesday, McGregor remarked on ESPN’s SportsCenter, “Muhammad Ali is a tremendous figure for me.” “I can’t claim something like that since he’s out on his own.” He altered the world’s cultural landscape. As a result, Muhammad Ali is a unique individual. It means a lot to me when folks say that. Ali, on the other hand, is a one-of-a-kind individual.
He fought Mayweather in his first professional boxing battle.
On the 14th of June 2017, it was announced that McGregor will engage in his first professional boxing battle on the 26th of August 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, against the unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. The fight aired on Showtime PPV in the United States and Sky Sports Box Office in the United Kingdom. With 8 oz. gloves, the fight was fought at super welterweight (154 pounds). The bout was set to be the most lucrative in boxing history. Mayweather and McGregor will fight for the WBC Money Belt, it was revealed. Mayweather would be guaranteed a $100 million purse, while McGregor would be guaranteed $30 million, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Mayweather won the fight via TKO in the tenth round, with scores of 87–83, 89–82, and 89–81 in his favour. Given the pay-per-view success, Mayweather is said to have made roughly $280 million altogether, while McGregor made around $130 million.
In less than a year, Conor has won 2 different belts.
McGregor won the featherweight title at the Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 47 in 2013, defeating Dave Hill. In addition, in his following bout, he won the CWFC lightweight title. Conor held two belts for two separate weight categories in a same year. He eventually renounced both championships in order to pursue a career in the UFC.
He was reliant on government assistance.
Conor had to rely on social support to help him pursue his fighting goals before becoming one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Before his UFC debut, he had to pick up a $235 welfare check. Marcus Brimage beat him in the first round of the ‘Knockout of the Night’ bout that night, earning him a whopping $60,000. Many of his bouts since then have netted him a salary with even more zeros. In a couple of years, McGregor went from being on poverty to a possible $100 million payout. It’s an incredible and inspiring narrative that has garnered him followers all around the world.