UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s Unpredictable Rise to Fame
At UFC 196, light heavyweight champ Conor McGregor stepped into the octagon in a new weight class to face off against Rafael Dos Anjos. The UFC Featherweight Champion was seeking to make history by becoming the first person in the promotion’s history to hold titles in two different divisions simultaneously.
McGregor was the heavy favorite heading into the fight, having won his last 15 fights in a row. But Dos Anjos ended things quickly by breaking McGregor’s foot and forcing him to tap out less than two minutes into the first round.
McGregor’s loss at UFC 196 was only his second loss of his professional fighting career. It was also his first loss in the UFC.
Since making his debut with the promotion back in 2013, McGregor has risen through the ranks thanks to a mixture of his brash personality and impressive fighting skills. He won six straight fights after joining the UFC, including a 13-second knockout win over Jose Aldo that earned him the featherweight title back in December.
But it’s not just what he does inside of the octagon that makes him so popular—it’s what he says outside
Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor’s Unpredictable Rise to Fame
One year ago, no one knew Conor McGregor. Today, the Irish UFC Featherweight Champion is a household name in the world of mixed martial arts. Having only fought in the UFC for three years, he has quickly risen to the top of his division and broken several records along the way. McGregor is often praised by UFC President Dana White for his willingness to face any opponent, as well as his natural ability to promote any fight he is a part of. With an upcoming match against lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, we’ll soon see if McGregor can step up yet again and take down an undefeated champion.
In 2013, McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage on the UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi card. He won this fight via TKO in just over a minute. In February 2014, he faced Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night 26 and won via unanimous decision. This win catapulted him into the next round of competition, where he would put his featherweight title on the line and prove himself worthy of fighting Jose Aldo Jr., then-current champion at 145 lbs. To prepare for this historic fight
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s rise to the top of the mixed martial arts landscape has been nothing short of meteoric.
The charismatic Irishman’s showmanship and brash personality have helped him become one of the biggest superstars in UFC history, but his rise to stardom has been anything but predictable.
Since making his UFC debut in 2013, McGregor has gone from relatively obscure fighter on the European scene to one of the most well-known athletes on the planet. His past two fights have each been among the highest-selling pay-per-view events in UFC history, and he is currently preparing to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 200 after defeating Rafael dos Anjos earlier this year to win the lightweight title.
Ahead of that bout, he reflected on his unlikely rise to prominence with Jim Rome on CBS Sports Network (via MMAFighting.com).
“I am who I am today because of my determination,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my stubbornness. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for that dream within me.”
One thing I can always look back at is my mindset,” he added. “When a lot of people were doubting me and a lot of
We all know the story of Conor McGregor’s rise to fame at this point. Before becoming a UFC fighter, he was working as a plumber, and then he went on to win the UFC featherweight title. But what we don’t know are the details behind his rise that got him to where he is today.
Conor McGregor is a very interesting guy. He is a very popular mixed martial artist who has been able to capture the hearts of millions of people around the world with his unique style and personality. His story is one that I think will be told for years to come, but I want to share it with you now so that you can understand how these things are happening in real time.
The first thing you need to know about Conor McGregor is that he never had any intention of being a professional MMA fighter. He was just an ordinary guy who wanted to fight in local promotions and make some money on the side. But then, after watching a couple of fights, he realized that there was something special about fighting in front of big crowds.
It was there that his journey began. He started training at local gyms and eventually found himself fighting at small events in Ireland. It wasn’t long before UFC president Dana White came
Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial arts fighter. He’s the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion and has held the title since December 2015. McGregor was born Conor Anthony McGregor on July 14, 1988 in Dublin, Ireland.
McGregor has a professional boxing record of 0-1-0. That sole loss came to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The bout was labeled as “The Money Fight” and it was for Mayweather’s WBC Money Belt. The fight went the distance with Mayweather winning via 10th round TKO (referee stoppage).
On November 12, 2016, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205. He has also competed as a welterweight in mixed martial arts (MMA), and light middleweight in boxing.
McGregor began his MMA career in 2008 after leaving his job as a plumber to pursue a career in fighting. In 2013, he signed with the UFC and made his debut against Marcus Brimage on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi. McGregor won the
When Conor McGregor steps into the octagon this weekend, it will be a continuation of his rise to stardom. The Irishman is one of the biggest stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and he has become a mainstream phenomenon.
McGregor’s rise has been meteoric. He was born in Dublin, Ireland in July 1988, and he played football as a child. He took up boxing at age 12 and began training in mixed martial arts at Crumlin Boxing Club after high school. By 2008 he had made his professional debut in MMA.
He signed with UFC on February 11, 2013 and made his promotional debut on April 6, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi, defeating Marcus Brimage by technical knockout in just 67 seconds. That victory earned him Knockout of the Night honors and announced his arrival to the world.
His next fight was against Max Holloway at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen on August 17, 2013, which McGregor won by unanimous decision. After that fight he was given an opportunity to fight for the UFC Featherweight Championship against Jose Aldo at UFC 179 on October 25th.
McGregor’s unique style and brash personality have made him a
When the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was founded in 1993, it was a competition to determine the world’s best martial arts fighter. At that time, many people were unfamiliar with mixed martial arts (MMA), and the sport faced skepticism from fans, sports writers and legislators. Despite this adversity, the UFC has grown from an eight-man tournament to one of the most popular sports leagues in North America.
The growth of the UFC has been aided by several factors: increased media coverage, a wider distribution of pay-per-view television and a more efficient corporate structure. The league is also helped by its charismatic athletes, such as former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and current featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
McGregor was born in Dublin, Ireland on July 14, 1988. He began his athletic career by playing football and Gaelic Football at an early age before moving on to boxing at age 12. McGregor’s father sold his carpet business so he could buy a gym for the young McGregor to train at. McGregor worked as an apprentice plumber during this period to support himself, but he quit before turning 18 to pursue a career in MMA.
McGregor had early success in regional Irish MMA competitions before joining Cage Warriors in 2012. He became featherweight champion for