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Biography of Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist. According to the authoritative pound-for-pound rating at the end of 2016, he was one of the top three MMA fighters regardless of category. The fighter performs under the pseudonym Notorious.

Fighter Conor McGregor

The Irishman’s fighting technique is based on Brazilian jiu-jitsu, classical boxing and taekwondo. Now Conor McGregor is a versatile fighter with knockout punches with both hands.

Youth Conor McGregor

Conor Anthony McGregor was born on July 14, 1988 in Crumlin, a suburb of the Irish capital. Initially, he was fond of football, for some time he even played for the popular youth team FC Luders Celtic, and actively supported Manchester United. At the age of 12, Conor left the game with the ball for kickboxing, in which he quickly achieved success, becoming the national champion among his peers.

Conor McGregor in childhood

John Cavan was McGregor’s first coach. When John is asked how his ward achieved success, he simply answers: “You cannot reach the level of Conor instantly. He was with me every day for ten years. He gave his life to this cause – day after day in the gym. And he adds: “In general, the universal secret is that one should not be afraid to lose. If you are defeated, you get up and go to train further. Among the great people there is no one who would never fall.

Conor McGregor’s height is 175 cm

Despite Conor’s kickboxing hobbies, the family believed that the boy would follow in the footsteps of his father, Tony McGregor, and become a simple plumber. But from the age of 16, Conor began to specialize in mixed-rules fights. It was prepared by coach Tom Egan at the sports institution SBG Ireland. Although, it can be said, genes still played a role in Conor’s career – in his youth, McGregor Sr. was fond of boxing.

In 2006, the McGregor family was forced to move to another suburb of Dublin – Lucan. Conor completed his education at Colaiste Cois Life College.

McGregor’s professional career

Conor McGregor’s sports career predictably began in lightweight, since the fighter’s anthropometric data did not exceed the parameters of 175/66. In 2007, he fought his first fight in the ROT: Ring of Truth 6 tournament and became the undisputed winner (a technical knockout already in the first five minutes). Conor’s opponent was Ciaran Campbell. For him, this fight was the first and last in his career.

Almost all of Conor McGregor’s body is covered in tattoos

In 2008, victories in the Cage of Truth and Cage Rage tournaments followed. Conor’s opponents in these fights were Gary Morris and Mo Taylor, respectively.

McGregor had some setbacks as well. After the victories, the fighter lost to the Lithuanian athlete Artemy Sitenkov. This was followed by a defeat from Joseph Duffy.

The mother always provided the necessary support to the fighter. According to Conor, when he was completely desperate and wanted to leave the sport, she took his fate into her own hands: she talked to his coach and convinced him to continue training. Since then, the woman goes to all the fights of her son and hugs him after the final gong.

Conor McGregor often posts photos on Instagram

When Conor scored his tenth victory in the professional ring, he lost weight and moved to the featherweight category. The title of champion according to the CageWarriors organization was evidence of the correctness of his choice. However, later he returned to the light weight category. He won the championship title in this category in a fight with the Slovak athlete Ivan Buchinger.

The pinnacle of Conor McGregor’s career

After winning two champion titles in a row, a promising fighter was noticed in the UFC. Conor McGregor fought his first fight in the ranks of the organization in the spring of 2013, effectively defeating the American athlete Marcus Brimage. Subsequently, the fighter was remembered not only for his bright victories, but also for his offensive behavior for opponents.

Conor McGregor in a suit

Then a forced break came in McGregor’s career due to injury – the fight with Max Holloway ended in McGregor’s victory, but a cruciate ligament rupture forced him to take a break for rest.

When the fighter returned to the ring, his duel with the Brazilian Diego Brandão was marked by a technical victory. What followed was a series of successful battles. In particular, in a fight with the Brazilian fighter Aldu, he became the champion in the featherweight category. The pinnacle of McGregor’s career at that time was the recognition of his best fighter of 2014.

Conor McGregor. “Irish Without Rules”

And all the more unexpected for many was the defeat of McGregor in the next fight, although it can be explained by the rise to a higher weight category. Subsequently, the fighter got used to it, took revenge from his offender Knight Diaz and earned $ 3 million for the fight and the Best Fight of the Night award.

Conor McGregor’s last fight in 2016 was a title fight with American lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. McGregor won, which meant the appearance in the UFC of the first fighter to combine two championship belts in one hand.

The main intrigue of August 2017 was the fight between Conor McGregor and 40-year-old boxer Floyd Mayweather. The press dubbed this event “the fight of the century.”

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather scheduled for August 27th

The most charismatic MMA fighter, who promised to destroy the enemy in the first round, lost to the great boxer. Mayweather increased his “no-lose strike” to 50 wins. The fight ended in the 10th round by decision of the judge, who announced a technical knockout. The Irishman, however, stood to gain, earning at least $30 million for the fight, not counting ticket sales, fight accessories and broadcast royalties, and no doubt boosted his visibility tremendously.

Fight with Nurmagomedov

McGregor has long fueled public interest in his possible fight with Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Irishman either aggressively challenged the Dagestani to fight, then backtracked and claimed that Nurmagomedov had not yet grown up to meet him. On April 5, 2018, McGregor, enraged by his sparring partner Artem Lobov’s recent confrontation with Nurmagomedov (Lobov publicly called Nurmagomedov a “pussy”), attacked Khabib’s team bus. No one was hurt, but Conor narrowly escaped prison.

McGregor attacked Nurmagomedov’s bus

In August of the same year, the date of the long-awaited meeting between McGregor and Nurmagomedov in the ring became known: October 6, 2018. Having met in the ring, the fighters did not shake hands, the hostile atmosphere was not diluted even by the jokes of commentator Joe Rogan. From the first minutes, the advantage was with Khabib. He almost immediately “dropped” the opponent to the floor. Already after the first round, it was noticeable how the pressure of the Dagestani exhausted Conor. In the second round, the situation repeated itself. In the third, the opponents went into sparring, McGregor landed several punches, but this was not enough to break Khabib. In the fourth round, he knocked down McGregor and applied a choke hold. The Irishman surrendered.

McGregor lost to Nurmagomedov in the fourth round

MMA fighter Dillon Danis from Conor’s team provoked a brawl: first, Khabib jumped into the hall, then members of Nurmagomedov’s team attacked McGregor. As a result, three Russians were taken to the police station. McGregor later tweeted that he was looking for a rematch.

Conor McGregor’s personal life

In 2007, Conor met a girl named Dee Devlin at a nightclub. As she later recalled, McGregor managed to make her laugh at the first meeting, which attracted her attention. Soon she became his wife.

Conor McGregor and his wife

At first they lived in a rented apartment in the suburbs. The novice fighter received unemployment benefits of two hundred euros, and Dee gave her lover the last piece so that he would feel confident in the ring in the upcoming fight. But the deprivation of the couple was rewarded – Dee Devlin became the wife of one of the most promising UFC fighters. In May 2017, Conor McGregor had a son. At birth, he weighed 4 kilograms.

This is the only person who can rewrite my records! I will start training him from the first day of his life. And if any of the fans come close to me to take a selfie when I have them in my arms…well, they will be in trouble

The character of Conor McGregor is featured in the popular UFC fighting video game series. He is also regularly invited to participate in the filming of various series and TV shows. The fighter appeared in the seventh season of “Game of Thrones” – he got the role of a silent pirate on the ship “Silence”.

Conor McGregor now

In March 2019, Conor McGregor announced his retirement from sports. According to the mixfighter, he decided to devote the rest of his life to coaching. In 2016, he already announced the departure of their big MMA, and then his threats turned out to be an ordinary PR campaign. This time everything went on a knurled track: only 9 days passed, and Conor promised to re-enter the octagon, simultaneously calling Nurmagomedov’s wife a towel because of her photo in a veil.

Conor retires from MMA

Meanwhile, the fighter immediately got into a series of unpleasant incidents. Firstly, a week before the announcement of the termination of his career, the Irishman was arrested for damaging other people’s property. The impulsive athlete smashed the smartphone of a fan who was secretly trying to take a picture of Conor near a hotel in Miami. And on March 26, the American edition of the NYT reported that back in December 2018, a girl who wished to remain anonymous to the public accused McGregor of sexual violence. Allegedly, the incident occurred on the outskirts of Dublin. The fighter’s guilt has not been proven, but the investigation has not yet been closed.