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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 boxer. He’s the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight champion. As of 1 July 2019, he is ranked #3 at the official UFC lightweight positions and #9 from the official UFC pound-for-pound ranks.
McGregor started his MMA career in 2008 and, in 2012, he won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships, holding both titles concurrently before vacating them to signal with the UFC. In 2015, in UFC 194, he defeated Jos?? Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout 13 seconds into 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 started his professional boxing career in 2017. In his introduction boxing game, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw MMA history, having headlined five out of those six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events. His headline bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 drew 2.4 million PPV purchases, the most ever for an MMA event. His boxing match with Mayweather drew 4.3 million PPV purchases in North America, the next most in history.On 9 March 2008, McGregor had his first professional MMA bout, as a lightweight, defeating Gary Morris using a second-round TKO. Following McGregor won his next fight against Mo Taylor, he left his featherweight introduction in a reduction via submission against Artemij Sitenkov. After a success at featherweight in his next bout against Stephen Bailey, McGregor considered a different career path before his mum contacted his coach John Kavanagh and reinvigorated him to continue pursuing mixed martial arts. [25]
McGregor then won his next battle, also at featherweight, against Connor Dillon, before moving back to lightweight for a struggle against Joseph Duffy, where he received his next professional loss after submitting to an arm-triangle choke. After this, during 2011 and 2012, McGregor went to an eight-fight winning series,[26] through which he won both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships, making him the first European professional mixed martial artist to carry titles in two divisions simultaneously. In February 2013, UFC president Dana White chose to Dublin, Ireland to receive a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage in Trinity College and has been inundated with requests to signal McGregor to the UFC. After a meeting with McGregor, and speaking with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, White offered him a contract days later.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2013–gift )
2013
UFC introduction In February 2013, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) announced that they had signed McGregor into some multi-fight contract. [27] In linking, McGregor became only the second fighter out of Ireland to compete to the firm, after 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 fight aggressively, meeting McGregor at the center of the octagon before starting a flurry of strikes to push him . McGregor, repeatedly throwing a counter left hand, seen little success with his first striking. After discovering that Brimage was susceptible to some snap kick directed at his chest and chin, McGregor started to apply a looping left hand uppercut, throwing every time Brimage would proceed forwards into striking range. These uppercuts grounded Brimage soon after McGregor started to use them. The bout was stopped 1:07 into the first round. [29] The win also earned McGregor his initial”Knockout of the Night” award. [30]
McGregor was expected to face Andy Ogle on 17 August 2013 in UFC Fight Night 26, but Ogle pulled out of the bout citing an accident and was replaced by Max Holloway. [31] McGregor bewildered Holloway with his unusual boxing technique, and his incorporation of a huge variety of taekwondo kicks, many of which are not utilized in MMA to a substantial level. McGregor was able to control the striking range by using extended, non-committal low side kicks to Holloway’s knee and shin, and commence combinations by leaping in with switch and bicycle kicks. When the fight was brought into the floor, McGregor maintained top hands, performing various 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). After the bout with Holloway, an MRI study revealed that McGregor had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during the bout and would require operation, keeping him out of action for up to ten months. [33]
2014
Return after injury McGregor was anticipated to confront Cole Miller on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46 in his comeback bout after recovering from his ACL injury. [34] But, Miller pulled from the bout citing a thumb injury and has been replaced by Diego Brand??o. [35] McGregor fought Brand??o facing a loud, rowdy crowd of 9,500 at The O2 in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. McGregor began the struggle with a touch spinning side kick, before finding his range and landing various taekwondo kicks, and left counters. Brand??o, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black buckle, tried to instigate two takedowns, so he could make use of his grappling pedigree, but both attempts were avoided by McGregor. Nonetheless, much of the fight was spent on the ground, as McGregor attained a takedown 1:20 into the bout. When the battle returned to the toes in the third minute, McGregor started to use his left hand cross, and started to cut off the cage. Brand??o, trapped between the octagon and McGregor, fell to his side after being hit with the other left hand cross as the struggle went to its fourth minute. [36][37] The battle was officially halted by referee 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 fresh multi-fight contract with the UFC. McGregor next confronted Dustin Poirier on 27 September 2014 in 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 in the pre-fight media conference, alongside the initially scheduled headliners Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. [40] Part of this anticipation stemmed from the challenge that the match-up introduced: Poirier was McGregor’s first competitor 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 on his rear foot, before bursting with a left hook behind Poirier’s ear, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in. The finish officially came at 1:46 into the first round. [43][44] This marked Poirier’s initial UFC loss via KO/TKO, and got McGregor his second straight”Performance of the Night” award. [45] In the post-fight interview with commentator Joe Rogan, McGregor cited the UFC Featherweight Championship as his second target from the organisation, saying that”If [the UFC] want, I will eliminate Chad Mendes and step in and give the fans exactly what they need; Aldo vs. McGregor.”

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