Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist who was born on 14th of July, 1988 from an Irish ancestry. McGregor initially competes in Ultimate Fighting Championship or UFC’s featherweight division. Recently, however, he has planned to fight in the lightweight and welterweight division as well. As of today, McGregor is a UFC Featherweight Champion.
Aside from the UFC Featherweight Championship, he is also the former champion for Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Division. McGregor has current records of 19-13-0 for wins, loss and draws respectively. Currently, his rank is Champion Featherweight, No. 8 in the pound-for-pound rankings and No. 8 in the contender in the world.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, McGregor was raised in the suburbs of Crumlin. He studied in a Gaelscoil and Gaelcholáiste for primary and secondary in Tallaght. There, he developed a passion for sport when he was playing association football. It was in 2006 when the McGregor family moved to West Dublin, in Lucan and he began his apprenticeship for plumbing. While in Lucan, McGregor also began having sparring sessions with Tom Egan, a future UFC fighter who has taught him about grappling and how to do it. This thus sparked McGregor’s interest and ignited his passion for mixed martial arts.
Amateur and Professional Career
At the age of 18, McGregor made his debut as a mixed martial artist on February 17, 2007. It was an amateur fight for the Irish Ring of Truth against Ciaran Campbel in Dublin. McGregor won the fight via TKO right in the first round. Right after the fight, he became professional and was then signed by the Irish promotion of the Cage of Truth itself.
It was in 2008 when he began his training under the supervision of John Kavanagh at the Straight Blast Gym. On March 9th, McGregor made his debut as an MMA professional fighting at the Cage of Truth 2. He defeated Gary Morris via TKO in the second round of the fight. In 2011, McGregor started a streak of undefeated wins – one submission, one by judges’ decision and twelve others via KO or TKO. In 2013, McGregor was signed in a multi-fight contract with UFC.
Some of the notable fights and victories in McGregor’s early professional and Ultimate Fighting Championship career include:
- Won CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight Championship in 2012
- UFC debut against Marcus Brimage winning TKO and earning the first Knockout of the Night Award
- Defeated Diego Brandão via TKO in round one, earning him the first Performance of the Night Award in 2014
- Defeated Dustin Poirier winning via TKO for his second Performance of the Night Award in 2014
- Defeated Dennis Siver via TKO in the second round earning his third Performance of the Night Award in 2015.
On December 2015, he defeated Aldo via KO, making him the only European to win the UFC Championship while beating the champion. It was Conor McGregor’s most glorious victory of all his fights although it followed unexpectedly of his first UFC loss. McGregor’s fighting style is characterized with precise, powerful strikes combined with forward movements.