Conor McGregor

Conor Anthony McGregor (Irish: Conch??r Ant??in Mac Gr??ag??ir;[9] born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and fighter. He’s the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight winner. As of 1 July 2019, he’s ranked #3 at the official UFC lightweight rankings and #9 from the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
McGregor started his MMA career in 2008 as well as in 2012, he won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships, holding both names simultaneously before vacating them to signal together with the UFC. In 2015, in UFC 194, he defeated Jos?? Aldo to the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout 13 seconds into the first round, that’s the fastest success in UFC title history. Upon beating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.
McGregor began his professional boxing career in 2017. In his introduction boxing game, he had been defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, having headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events. His headline bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 drew 2.4 million PPV purchases, the most ever for an MMA event. His boxing game with Mayweather drew 4.3 million PPV buys in North America, the next most from history.On 9 March 2008, McGregor had his first professional MMA bout, as a lightweight, defeating Gary Morris with a second-round TKO. Following McGregor won his second battle against Mo Taylor, he made his featherweight debut in a loss via submission against Artemij Sitenkov. After a victory at featherweight in his next bout against Stephen Bailey, McGregor contemplated another career path prior to his mother contacted his trainer John Kavanagh and reinvigorated him to keep on pursuing mixed martial arts. [25]
McGregor then won his second battle, too at featherweight, against Connor Dillon, before going back to lightweight to get a struggle against Joseph Duffy, where he received his next professional reduction after submitting to an arm-triangle choke. After this, throughout 2011 and 2012, McGregor went to an eight-fight winning series,[26] during which he won both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships, making him the first European professional mixed martial artist to hold titles in two branches simultaneously. In February 2013, UFC president Dana White made a trip to Dublin, Ireland to Be Given a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity College and has been inundated with requests to sign McGregor into the UFC. After a meeting with McGregor, and talking with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, White offered him a contract days later.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2013–gift )
UFC introduction In February 2013, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) declared that they had signed McGregor into some multi-fight contract. [27] In joining, McGregor became just the second fighter out of Ireland to compete to the firm, following fellow SBG team member Tom Egan.
On 6 April 2013, McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage on the preliminary card of UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi. [28] Brimage began the fight aggressively, meeting McGregor in the middle of the octagon before launching a flurry of strikes to push him . McGregor, repeatedly throwing a counter left hand, found little success with his initial striking. After discovering that Brimage was susceptible to a snap kick directed in his chest and chin, McGregor started to employ a looping left hand uppercut, throwing every time Brimage would move forward into striking range. All these uppercuts grounded Brimage soon after McGregor started to utilize them. The bout was stopped 1:07 to the first round. [29] The win also earned McGregor his first“Knockout of the Night“ award. [30]
McGregor was expected to face Andy Ogle on 17 August 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26, but Ogle pulled from the bout citing an accident and has been replaced by Max Holloway. [31] McGregor bewildered Holloway with his unusual boxing technique, and his incorporation of a huge array of taekwondo kicks, a lot of which aren’t used in MMA to some significant level. McGregor managed to restrain the striking range by using long, non-committal low side kicks to Holloway’s knee and shin, and initiate combinations by jumping with bike and switch kicks. After the battle was brought into the ground, McGregor maintained top hands, performing different positional advances, and mitigating his competitor’s exemptions on the ground. [32] McGregor won the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–26). Following the bout with Holloway, an MRI scan showed that McGregor had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) throughout the bout and would require operation, keeping him out of action for up to ten months. [33]
Return after injury McGregor was expected to face Cole Miller on 19 July 2014 in UFC Fight Night 46 within his comeback bout after recovering from his ACL injury. [34] But, Miller pulled from the bout citing a thumb injury and was replaced by Diego Brand??o. [35] McGregor fought Brand??o in front of a loud, rowdy crowd of 9,500 in The O2 in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. McGregor started the struggle with a signature turning side kick, before finding his range and landing assorted taekwondo kicks, and left counters. Brand??o, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black buckle, tried to instigate two takedowns, so that he could take advantage of his grappling pedigree, but both efforts were averted by McGregor. Nonetheless, much of the struggle was spent on the ground, as McGregor achieved a takedown 1:20 to the bout. After the battle returned to the feet in the next minute, McGregor began to employ his left hand crossover, and started to cut off the cage. Brand??o, trapped between the octagon and McGregor, fell to his side after being struck with the other left hand crossover as the fight went into its fourth minute. [36][37] The battle was formally halted by Faith Leon Roberts at 4:05 of the first round. The win earned McGregor his first“Performance of the Night“ award. [38]
Prior to his next bout, McGregor met with Lorenzo Fertitta and signed a new multi-fight contract with the UFC. McGregor next faced Dustin Poirier on 27 September 2014 at UFC 178. [39] The bout was among the most anticipated fights on the UFC 178 card, with McGregor and Poirier just two of just four men involved with the pre-fight media conference, together with the initially scheduled headliners Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. [40] Part of the expectancy stemmed in the challenge that the match-up introduced: Poirier was McGregor’s first competitor ranked in the UFC’s top ten featherweights. [41][42] Regardless of McGregor landing 9 significant strikes to Poirier’s 10, he managed to secure a victory early in the first round, by pushing Poirier on his rear foot, before exploding with a left hook behind Poirier’s ear, forcing referee Herb Dean to measure in. The end officially came at 1:46 into the first round. [43][44] This marked Poirier’s initial UFC loss via KO/TKO, also got McGregor his second straight“Performance of the Night“ award. [45] From the post-fight interview with commentator Joe Rogan, McGregor mentioned the UFC Featherweight Championship as his next goal from the organisation, saying that“If [the UFC] want, I’ll eliminate Chad Mendes and step into and give the fans what they need; Aldo vs. McGregor.“

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