Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist who fights in the UFC. He is known for his trash-talking, his skills inside the octagon, and his famous left punch. He is one of the biggest reasons why the UFC has grown into such a big sports entertainment franchise. Over the years, he has been involved in a lot of entertaining fights. One of the most famous ones was with Khabib Nurmagomedov. It garnered so much attention and so many views, and it is probably one of the most viewed fights of all time. Conor is the richest MMA athlete who has built an empire of his own, literally from scratches. As of today, he is the only fighter in UFC history to keep belts of different divisions at the same time. This is a very difficult feat to achieve.
Before Conor made it big in the UFC, he was fighting in a local Irish organization. It was not famous, but his performance certainly attracted a lot of attention. After a series of clear-cut wins, he was signed by the UFC in 2013. From then on, his career just took off. He kept on winning, challenging new people, and then again won. Soon, he reached the top of the rankings and became famous worldwide. His performances were smooth and the support of Irish fans always came in huge numbers. In a span of 3-4 years, he became featherweight champion and lightweight champion.
Let’s know more about the Irish prodigy.
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Conor McGregor: Life And Career
Conor McGregor was born on 14 July 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. As a child, he started off playing football and became really good at it. By the age of 12, he started boxing as a way to protect himself from bullies. Soon, he became very interested in this field and took it as a profession. From 2008-2013, his journey as an MMA fighter developed and he became a household name in the country. He seriously drew a lot of attention from the outside world and in 2013, UFC signed him on a multi-fight contract. As a beginner, he was ranked low in the lightweight category. With every fight, he climbed up the ladder. During his climb, there were a lot of iconic fights like the one with Dustin Poirier, and Chad Mendes.
When he became the number one contender for the title, he was against Jose Aldo from Brazil. That was one of the shortest fights in UFC’s history. It lasted a total of eight seconds and Conor’s left punch did all the damage. In a single punch, he completely knocked out Jose and Conor was the new champion. Later, he beat Eddie Alvarez to win the featherweight title. It was totally a one-sided fight where Conor totally dominated. He became the first fighter to hold two different belts at the same time. However, in 2018, his downfall started ever since he lost to Khabib in that famous brawl. After the fight Conor has not looked the same, he has lost twice to Dustin Poirier. The fans are now waiting for his comeback to happen as he was out for a long time due to an injury.
Earnings And Net Worth
Conor McGregor has made a lot of money compared to other fighters. He is clearly the richest of them all. His exhibition fight against Floyd earned so much money for the UFC fighter. Lat time when he worked, he earned almost $47 million. His reported net worth is around $200 million.