UFC fighter profile – Conor McGregor

UFC Conor McGregor

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Age: 31

Birthplace: Crumlin, Dublin

Fighting out of: Dublin

Nickname: Notorious

Division: Lightweight/Welterweight

Style: Boxing

Stance: Southpaw

Mixed martial arts record: 26 fights – won 22 (19 by knockout, 1 by submission, 2 by decision), lost 4 (4 by submission)

Titles: UFC Lightweight Championship (2016 – no successful defences, stripped due to inactivity), UFC Featherweight Championship (2015–16 – no successful defences, stripped after winning UFC Lightweight Championship), interim UFC Featherweight Championship (2015)

Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor is the UFC’s most recognisable star, and one of the few fighters to transcend the sport. Controversial, outspoken and outrageous, the trash-talking ‘Notorious’ is the epitome of a human headline – but he is also among the UFC’s most accomplished fighters and easily the biggest drawcard in its history. Speculation over who Conor McGregor’s next fight will be against is dominating UFC news cycles as fight cards return amid the coronavirus pandemic.

CONOR MCGREGOR CAREER SUMMARY

Born and raised in Crumlin, Dublin, Conor McGregor started boxing as a 12-year-old, becoming an All-Ireland age-group champion. McGregor dabbled in mixed martial arts before making his amateur MMA debut as an 18-year-old in 2007. He turned pro the following year and eventually joined the UK-based Cage Warriors promotion, winning its Featherweight and Lightweight Championships.

Rapid fame in the UFC

McGregor signed with the UFC in February 2013 – only the second fighter from Ireland to compete for the promotion – and beat Marcus Brimage by first-round TKO on debut in a featherweight clash two months later. He scored a unanimous-decision victory over Max Holloway in his second UFC fight.

The 24-year-old’s striking ability and aggressive approach, along with his huge personality outside the octagon, attracted a massive following straight out of the gates.

Championship belts and Diaz rivalry

An ACL injury halted McGregor’s progress but he returned to competition in 2014 and charged up the rankings with three straight early TKO wins over Dustin Poirier, Dennis Siver and Chad Mendes. He then stopped Chad Mendes in the second round at UFC 189 in July 2015 to win the interim UFC Featherweight Championship.

McGregor’s fame and status climbed further five months later after he knocked out José Aldo just 13 seconds into the first round of their bout to unify the UFC Featherweight Championship. It earned McGregor his fifth straight Performance of the Night bonus.

‘Notorious’ moved up into the lightweight division in early 2016. His first fight was against Nate Diaz, who took the fight at 13 days’ notice after UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of his title defence against McGregor. Following a heated build-up to the UFC 196 headliner, McGregor suffered his first UFC defeat via second-round submission to Diaz. A rematch at UFC 202 just five months later saw McGregor square the ledger with Diaz, winning via unanimous decision.

The first McGregor–Diaz fight broke the UFC’s pay-per-view record, while Diaz vs McGregor 2 smashed the record again.

McGregor won the UFC Lightweight Championship from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, courtesy of a second-round TKO. He would later be stripped of the Featherweight and Lightweight Championships due to inactivity in the divisions.

Crossover payday

McGregor took a break from the UFC in 2017 but was back in the limelight for one of the most hyped sporting events of the decade: his first professional boxing match, against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Mayweather won the underwhelming fight via 10th-round TKO, but McGregor was praised in some quarters for a gutsy performance – despite being outclassed – and received a $30 million purse for his efforts.

‘Notorious’ lives up to nickname

While McGregor sized up a return to the UFC, he was involved in multiple unsavoury incidents. At an MMA event in Dublin in November 2017, he entered the cage after SBG Ireland stablemate Charlie Ward knocked out his opponent in his debut fight. McGregor was not authorised to enter the ring and had an altercation with the referee, sparking a wild brawl.

In April 2018, two days out from UFC 223, McGregor and his entourage attempted to confront Khabib Nurmagomedov after a promotional event in Brooklyn. As the bus containing Nurmagomedov and several other fighters left the arena, McGregor smashed a window with a metal equipment dolly. He was charged on several counts by the NYPD.

Back in the octagon

An enticing grudge match between McGregor and Nurmagomedov, who won the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 223, was announced a few months later.

UFC 229 in Las Vegas shattered the promotion’s pay-per-view record – giving McGregor five of the top six pay-per-view draws in UFC history – but Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission in the fourth round, unleashing a neck crank. The event was overshadowed by an ugly post-bout melee between the fighters and their respective crews. McGregor received a six-month ban from the UFC for his role in the incident.

Connor McGregor’s last fight was at UFC 246 in January 2020, chalking up a first-round TKO victory against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone in a welterweight bout.

McGregor is currently fourth in the UFC lightweight rankings and 14th in the welterweight rankings, as well as sitting ninth in the UFC’s overall pound-for-pound rankings. But his regular social media outbursts have ensured he remains the UFC’s highest profile and most newsworthy competitor.

Conor McGregor’s next fight is yet to be determined. He has publicly called out Nurmagomedov for a rematch and interim UFC Lightweight Champion Justin Gaethje, who beat Tony Ferguson in a brutal TKO result at UFC 249. A third showdown with Nate Diaz has been floated in some quarters, while a bout with Jorge Masvidal is also a strong possibility.

Respected MMA website Tapology rates Conor McGregor as the 13th greatest MMA fighter of all time.

Conor McGregor statistics

Keep these key stats in mind if you plan on betting on Conor McGregor’s next fight.

  • All four of Conor McGregor’s MMA defeats have come via submission.
  • Conor McGregor’s record of 22–4 in MMA competition includes 19 wins by knockout.
  • McGregor’s 10–2 UFC record includes eight wins by knockout.
  • Of McGregor’s 19 knockouts, 14 came in the first round – including five of eight in the UFC.
  • McGregor has won both of his fights that went the full five rounds.

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