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Conor Anthony McGregor (The Notorious)

Irish MMA fighter who became the UFC Featherweight Champion in December 2015 after knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds, setting the record for the fastest championship victory in the history of the UFC.

Fighting Style:

McGregor is one of the more interesting strikers. He uses tradition Tae Kwon Do kicks like spinning back kicks, possesses Muay Thai skills, and is able to use his hands like a boxer.

Background

  • Ethnicity: Conor is the child of an Irish father and English mother.

  • Education

    • Irish culture dictates that if you are not interested in school—if you have no desire to make your way to university and secure a degree—then you find a trade and you begin your working life.

      This is what happened for McGregor. He had zero interest in furthering his education. His mom says he had the intellect for academia but just didn't have the interest.

      He wanted to focus his time on training. But he lived with his parents, and they insisted he find a trade and a job.

      He did, taking a job Mags found for him as a plumber. It offered a comfortable living, and with hard work, Conor had the opportunity to make a lifetime of decent money.

    Career

    • McGregor made his professional MMA debut on March 8, 2008. When watching footage of those early fights with head coach John Kavanagh at Straight Blast Gym Ireland, it is easy to see his potential was there from the beginning. But he was raw, wild and untamed. He went 4-2 in his first six fights, showing promise but also holes that needed to be filled.

      He worked relentlessly on filling them. He constantly badgered Kavanagh to open the gym at all hours of the night, which prompted Kavanagh to give him his own key so he wouldn't be woken up by phone calls in the middle of the night. McGregor is still the only fighter with his own key to SBG.

      He grew obsessed with movement, with stretching and physicality. He woke up each afternoon (he is a legendary late sleeper), crawled out of bed and began stretching. He did bear crawls around the house. He practiced jiu-jitsu and striking against invisible opponents.

      And beginning with his seventh fight, something clicked. He knocked out Hugh Brady in just over two minutes. His next fight lasted 16 seconds, another knockout.

      His win streak grew, and his fame—driven by his natural charisma—began spreading beyond Ireland. UFC President Dana White began to hear rumblings about McGregor; the Irish fans were adamant that the UFC should sign him, because they believed he was already the greatest featherweight in the world.

      After McGregor racked up eight wins (all finishes) in less than two years, White finally came calling, signing McGregor and matching him up with Marcus Brimage on the UFC's April 2013 show in Stockholm.

      McGregor knocked Brimage out in just over one minute.

      A few months later, White brought McGregor to Las Vegas to spend a little time with him while also discussing a new contract. It was here that McGregor was truly introduced to the UFC's international fanbase.

    Major achievements

    • achievement1244600 On 12 December 2015, at UFC 194, McGregor defeated Aldo by knockout, thereby unifying the title in the featherweight division. Before the opening of the first round, both Aldo and McGregor refused to touch gloves and began fighting immediately. As the fight started, McGregor took control of the center of the octagon. When Aldo got within his range, McGregor threw a straight left hand to keep him away, but missed. McGregor then followed with a leg kick that connected. As Aldo surged forward to connect with a right-left punch combination, McGregor moved backwards and connected with a left hook that landed on Aldo's chin and rendered him unconscious. Both punches connected, but McGregor's left punch landed first. As Aldo fell to the ground, McGregor connected with two hammer fists before the referee stepped in to stop the fight. When the fight was over, McGregor leaped onto the fence and celebrated his victory. Within a minute, Aldo regained consciousness and was on his feet. The bout lasted 13 seconds. The knockout was the fastest finish in any UFC title fight. "Again, nobody can take that left-hand shot," said McGregor in the post-fight interview. "Aldo's powerful and fast. But precision beats power, and timing beats speed. And that’s what you saw there."

    Politics

    " I am in the fighting game, I don't care about anything else. I don't watch the news, I don't care about politics, I don't care about other sports. I don't care about anything I don't need to care about. This is my sport, it is my life. I study it, I think about it, all the time. Nothing else matters." Conor McGregor

    Personality

    Physical Characteristics: Height 5'8 (175 cm)

    Fighting weight 145 lbs (66 kg)

    Interests

    Sport & Clubs: UFC, MMA

    Connections

    • He is not married. He hasn't children. Dee Devlin is his long-term girlfriend.
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    Born July 14, 1988
    (age 29)
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