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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 is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight winner. As of 1 July 2019, he is ranked #3 at the official UFC lightweight positions and #9 in 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 simultaneously before vacating them to sign together with the UFC. In 2015, in UFC 194, he defeated Jos?? Aldo to the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout 13 seconds into the first round, that’s the quickest victory 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 had been defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw MMA history, having headlined five out of the six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events. His headline bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 attracted 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 next most in history.On 9 March 2008, McGregor had his first professional MMA bout, as a lightweight, defeating Gary Morris with a second-round TKO. After McGregor won his next battle against Mo Taylor, he left his featherweight introduction in a loss via entry against Artemij Sitenkov. Following 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 combined martial arts. [25] McGregor then won his second battle, also at featherweight, against Connor Dillon, before going back to lightweight for a fight against Joseph Duffy, where he obtained his next professional loss 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 made a trip 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 McGregor, and talking with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, White offered him a contract days later. Ultimate Fighting Championship (2013–present) 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 just the second fighter out of Ireland to compete for the company, after fellow SBG team member Tom Egan. On 6 April 2013, McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage on 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 launching a flurry of strikes to push him . McGregor, repeatedly throwing a counter left hand, seen little success with his initial striking. After ascertaining that Brimage was susceptible to a snap kick directed in his chest and chin, McGregor began to apply a looping left hand uppercut, throwing every single time Brimage would proceed forward into striking range. All these uppercuts grounded Brimage shortly after McGregor began to utilize 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 anticipated to confront 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 together with his unusual boxing technique, and his incorporation of a wide array of taekwondo kicks, many of which aren’t utilized in MMA to some substantial level. McGregor was able to restrain the striking range by using extended, non-committal low side kicks to Holloway’s knee and shin, and commence mixes by leaping in with bike and switch kicks. After the fight was brought to the floor, McGregor maintained high hands, performing different positional improvements, and mitigating his opponent’s offence on the floor. [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) throughout the bout and would require surgery, keeping him out of action for up to ten weeks. [33] 2014 Return after trauma McGregor was anticipated to face Cole Miller on 19 July 2014 in UFC Fight Night 46 within his comeback bout after recovering from his ACL injury. [34] But, Miller pulled from the bout mentioning a thumb injury and was replaced by Diego Brand??o. [35] McGregor battled Brand??o facing a loud, rowdy crowd of 9,500 in The O2 in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. McGregor started the fight with a signature turning side kick, before finding his range and successfully landing assorted taekwondo kicks, and left counters. Brand??o, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, tried to instigate two takedowns, so he could make use of his grappling pedigree, but both efforts were avoided by McGregor. Nonetheless, a lot of the struggle was spent on ground, as McGregor attained a takedown 1:20 into the bout. After the battle returned to the toes in the third minute, McGregor started to employ 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 struck by the other left hand crossover as the fight went into its fourth minute. [36][37] The fight has been officially halted by referee Leon Roberts at 4:05 of the very first round. The win earned McGregor his initial”Performance of the Night” award. [38] Before his next bout, McGregor met with Lorenzo Fertitta and signed up a fresh multi-fight contract with the UFC. McGregor next confronted Dustin Poirier on 27 September 2014 at UFC 178. [39] The bout was among the most anticipated fights on the UFC 178 card, together with McGregor and Poirier just two of just four men involved with the pre-fight press conference, together with the originally scheduled headliners Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. [40] Part of the expectancy stemmed in the challenge that the match-up posed: 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 on in the first round, by pressuring Poirier onto his rear foot, before exploding with a left hook behind Poirier’s ear, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in. The end officially came at 1:46 into the first round. [43][44] This marked Poirier’s initial UFC reduction via KO/TKO, also got 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 second goal in the organisation, stating that”If [the UFC] want, I’ll remove Chad Mendes and step into and give the fans what they want; Aldo vs. McGregor.” Read more: