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 is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion. As of 1 July 2019, he is ranked #3 in the official UFC lightweight positions and #9 in the official UFC pound-for-pound rankings.
McGregor began his MMA career in 2008 and, in 2012, he won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships, holding both names simultaneously before vacating them to sign together with the UFC. In 2015, at UFC 194, he conquered Jos?? Aldo to the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout 13 minutes to the first round, that’s the quickest success in UFC title history. Upon beating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship in UFC 205, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to maintain titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.
McGregor began his professional boxing career in 2017. In his introduction boxing match, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.He is the largest pay-per-view (PPV) draw in MMA history, with headlined five from those 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 second most in history.On 9 March 2008, McGregor had his first pro MMA bout, as a lightweight, beating Gary Morris using a second-round TKO. After McGregor won his second battle against Mo Taylor, he left his featherweight debut in a reduction via submission against Artemij Sitenkov. After a victory at featherweight in his next bout against Stephen Bailey, McGregor considered a different career path before his mum contacted his trainer John Kavanagh and reinvigorated him to continue pursuing mixed martial arts. [25]
McGregor then won his next fight, also at featherweight, against Connor Dillon, before going back to lightweight for a fight against Joseph Duffy, where he obtained his second professional reduction after submitting to an arm-triangle choke. After this, during 2011 and 2012, McGregor went to an eight-fight winning streak,[26] during which he won both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships, making him the first European professional mixed martial artist to hold names in two branches simultaneously. In February 2013, UFC president Dana White chose to Dublin, Ireland to receive a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage from Trinity College and has been inundated with requests to signal McGregor to the UFC. Following a meeting McGregor, and speaking with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, White offered him a contract days later.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2013–present)
UFC introduction In February 2013, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) declared that they had signed McGregor into a multi-fight contract. [27] In linking, McGregor became only the second fighter from Ireland to compete for the firm, following fellow SBG team member Tom Egan.
On 6 April 2013, McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage about the first card card of UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi. [28] Brimage began the battle aggressively, meeting McGregor at the center of the octagon before starting a flurry of strikes to push him back. McGregor, repeatedly throwing a counter left hand, seen little success with his initial striking. After ascertaining that Brimage was susceptible to some snap kick directed at his chest and torso, McGregor began to employ a looping left hand uppercut, throwing every time Brimage would move forward into striking range. These uppercuts grounded Brimage soon after McGregor began to utilize them. The bout was stopped 1:07 to the first round. [29] The win also earned McGregor his initial”Knockout of the Night” award. [30]
McGregor was expected to confront Andy Ogle on 17 August 2013 in UFC Fight Night 26, but Ogle pulled out of this bout citing an injury and has been replaced by Max Holloway. [31] McGregor bewildered Holloway together with his unusual boxing strategy, and his incorporation of a wide array of taekwondo kicks, many of which aren’t used in MMA to a substantial level. McGregor managed to restrain the striking range by using long, non-committal low side kicks to Holloway’s knee and knee, and commence combinations by leaping in with bike and switch kicks. When the fight was brought into the floor, McGregor maintained top control, performing various positional advances, and mitigating his competitor’s exemptions on the floor. [32] McGregor won the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–26). Following the bout with Holloway, an MRI scan revealed that McGregor had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the bout and might require operation, keeping him out of action for up to ten months. [33]
Return after injury McGregor was anticipated to confront Cole Miller on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46 within his comeback bout after recovering from his ACL injury. [34] However, Miller pulled out of the bout mentioning a thumb injury and has been replaced by Diego Brand??o. [35] McGregor fought Brand??o facing a loud, rowdy crowd of 9,500 in The O2 in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. McGregor started the struggle with a touch turning side kick, before finding his range and successfully landing various taekwondo kicks, and left counters. Brand??o, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, attempted to instigate two takedowns, so that he could take advantage of his grappling pedigree, but both attempts were avoided by McGregor. Nonetheless, much of the fight was spent on the ground, as McGregor achieved a takedown 1:20 to the bout. When the battle returned to the toes in the next minute, McGregor started to employ his left hand crossover, and began to cut off the cage. Brand??o, trapped between the octagon and McGregor, dropped to his side after being hit by the other left hand crossover as the fight went to its fourth second. [36][37] The battle has been formally halted by referee Leon Roberts at 4:05 of the very first round. The triumph earned McGregor his initial”Performance of the Night” award. [38]
Before 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 in UFC 178. [39] The bout was one of the most anticipated fights on the UFC 178 card, together with McGregor and Poirier two of only four men involved with the pre-fight press conference, alongside the originally scheduled headliners Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. [40] Part of the expectancy stemmed from the challenge that the match-up posed: Poirier was McGregor’s first opponent ranked in the UFC’s top ten featherweights. [41][42] Despite McGregor landing 9 significant strikes to Poirier’s 10, he was able to secure a success early in the first round, by pushing Poirier onto his back foot, before bursting with a left hook behind Poirier’s ear, forcing referee Herb Dean to measure in. The finish officially came at 1:46 to the first round. [43][44] This marked Poirier’s initial UFC reduction via KO/TKO, also earned McGregor his second straight”Performance of the Night” award. [45] In 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 will remove Chad Mendes and step in and give the fans exactly what they need; Aldo vs. McGregor.”

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