Conor McGregorIrish mixed martial artist
Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist, boxer and businessman. He is a former UFC featherweight and lightweight double-champion.
Quick Facts and Info
• Date of birth: 14 July 1988
• Age: 33 years old
• Place of birth: Crumlin, Dublin, Ireland
• Nationality: Irish
• Height: 175cm / 5ft 9 ins
• Weight: 70kg / 155 lbs
• Net worth: $250m-$415m (estimated)
Dubliner McGregor began his MMA career in 2008 before he won his first world crown when he won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships.
In doing so, he was signed up for UFC. McGregor got his hands on UFC Featherweight title belt at UFC 194 after beating Jose Aldo inside 13 seconds of the first round.
Conor become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time when he beat Eddie Alvarez to win UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205.
McGregor lost to Floyd Mayweather in his professional boxing debut at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in 2017.
Conor’s blockbuster bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 in October 2018 drew 2.4 million pay-per-view buys, the most ever for an MMA event.
The Irishman is currently thought to be worth around $250m to $415m, based on estimates.
Amateur MMA Career
McGregor began boxing at the age of 12.
He started as an apprentice plumber after his family moved to Lucan, Dublin in 2006. There, he met future UFC fighter Tom Egan and they started training MMA together.
Conor beat Kieran Campbell in a TKO at the Irish Ring of Truth promotion at the age of 18 in 2008.
Professional MMA Career
McGregor won his first professional MMA fight after a TKO knockout against Gary Marris before the Dubliner beat Mo Taylor in May 2008.
Conor lost two of his first six fights in MMA to leave the Crumlin-born fighter contemplating his future in the sport.
However, McGregor won his next eight bouts to secure a place at UFC Fight Night 26. He beat Marcus Brimage by a TKO in Stockholm, Sweden.
Conor made the trip to United States for UFC Fight Night 26 and the Dubliner emerged victorious thanks to an unanimous verdict.
However, McGregor tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament during the fight and was sidelined for 10 months.
In front of a partisan Dublin crowd, McGregor produced the performance of the night when he beat Diego Brandão at UFC Fight Night 46.
Two months later, McGregor was in the Octagon again and the Irishman beat Dustin Poirier thanks to a Technical Knockout in Las Vegas. He required 1:46 in the first round.
Conor was pitted against Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 with a bout against Featherweight champion Jose Aldo the prize for the winner.
McGregor emerged victorious after one minute and 54 seconds in round two in Boston. Conor jumped over the fence to confront Aldo who was sat ringside following his win.
UFC Featherweight Title
McGregor’s was due to face Aldo at MGM Grand in Las Vegas at UFC 198 on 11 July 2015.
However, the Brazilian pulled out of the bout after a fractured rib.
As a result, Conor was pitted against the number one featherweight contender Chad Mendes.
The American managed to take down McGregor three times in the first round but Conor avoided a submission. In a difficult fight, the Dubliner managed to send Mendes to the canvas with a jab-cross combinations.
His TKO victory saw McGregor secure the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship title.
McGregor finally fought Aldo at UFC 194 in Las Vegas on 12 December 2014. Conor caught Aldo with a left hook and two hammer fists to end the bout in 13 seconds in the first round.
It was the fastest-ever finish to a UFC title bout. It was his seventh successive UFC win and 15th consecutive MMA victory.
UFC Welterweight Fights
Conor moved up a weight division to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 196 on 5 March 2015.
However, Dos Anjos withdrew from the fight due to a broken foot. Subsequently, McGregor was pitted against the number 10 ranker lightweight contender Nate Diaz. The fight was bought at welterweight given Diaz had 13 days notice to get down to 155 pounds (lightweight class).
McGregor submitted after four minutes and 12 seconds in the second round to suffer his first UFC defeat.
He got a rematch with Diaz at UFC 202 on 20 August 2016.
Conor managed to exact revenge against Diaz at welterweight after he won by a majority decision.
UFC Lightweight Title
McGregor got his chance to be a multi-division champion when Conor was pitted against Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship on 12 November 2016.
He won against Alvarez thanks to a second-round technical knockout to win the UFC Lightweight Championship.
Mayweather v McGregor
After a lot of speculation in the media, McGregor agreed to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in what was dubbed “The Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History”.
Floyd, who is widely considered the greatest pound for pound fighter of all-time, came out of retirement to fight McGregor.
Conor managed to upset the odds after he lasted 10 rounds before Mayweather won by a TKO. It extended the American’s winning streak to 50 fights.
According to reports, Mayweather earned around $275m from the fight and McGregor came away with $85m.
Most Recent UFC Action
In October 2018, McGregor returned in UFC 229 to challenge the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov for the UFC Lightweight Championship. Nurmagomedov submitted McGregor with a neck crank in the fourth round.
After having initially announced his retirement from the UFA and after more than a year away from the Octagon, McGregor faced Donald Cerrone in a welterweight bout on 18 January 2020 at UFC 246. He won via technical knockout 40 seconds into the first round.
McGregor lost twice in 2021. First to UFC Lightweight Championship challenger Dustin Poirier on 24 January 2021 (via technical knockout in the second round), and then to Poirier again on 10 July 2021 at UFC 264 (via technical knockout in round one).
Conor, who has two sisters named Erin and Aoife, started dating his long-term girlfriend Dee Devlin in 2008.
McGregor and Dee had their first son in May 2017. The couple now have three children – Conor Jr, Croia and Rian.
Conor McGregor – Did You Know?
• In 2017, Forbes named McGregor as the world’s 24th highest-paid athlete. That year, he was reported to have earned $27m (£21m) from his UFC fight purses, with an additional $7m (£5.5m) in endorsements and sponsorships.
• McGregor reportedly spent $2m (£1.5m) on a new mansion in County Kildaire, Ireland, in 2015.
• The Irish fighter has a home in Las Vegas, Nevada. Connor has dubbed his property, ‘The McMansion’.
• McGregor is the first Irish man to ever join the UFC.
• Conor’s overall record in MMA fighting is 22 victories and six losses (2021).
• In 2015, McGregor revealed that he was asked to audition for the role of a villain in the James Bond movie, Spectre.
• Conor’s net worth was reported to stand between $250m and $415m in 2021, based on estimates.
• McGregor played football at young age. He played football for ‘Lourdes Celtic’ and his school teams before he formally got into boxing and MMA. He is a Manchester United fan.