Biography and Profile of Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor
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They say that in a fighter’s first UFC fight, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Reinforcing this, it’s hard to count how many times a hyped competitor fought poorly in their first bout. It takes a special person to deal with that kind of pressure and hype effectively. And at the UFC on FUEL 9 event in Stockholm, Conor McGregor announced to the fighting world he was that special kind of guy.

Marcus Brimage came out aggressively, throwing bombs. But McGregor was unfazed, eventually landing a powerful uppercut that put his adversary on wobbly legs. Moments later, he had landed two more uppercuts to put Brimage on the ground. Several strikes on the canvas later and it was all over.

Conor McGregor had taken out Brimage in his UFC debut after only 1:07 had gone by. And that’s when the hype train began.

Martial Arts Background

Conor McGregor was born on July 14, 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. He fights out of SBG Ireland and competes for the UFC. McGregor has trained in a variety of martial arts styles.  He seems have a Jeet Kune Do type of philosophy when it comes to the arts, as he noted to Steph Daniels of Blood Elbow:

“I'll train in any style,” he told her. “I always love to learn. I always look at everything. I spend all day looking at videos, or in the gym working on the things that I've seen. I started out doing some kickboxing and boxing, then a little Capoeira, Tae Kwon Do and Karate. The human body can move in many ways, and that's what I'm trying to do. I'm looking for my body to move in all ways, to attack and defend. That's translated into my fighting style. Looking back at the way I used to fight, and the way I fight now, it seems to always change, so I don't know, I just keep trying to learn new...."
"Approach everything with an open mind, with a learning mind. You will never stop learning as long as you keep the mind-set that everything works, because everything does work. There's a time and a place for every single move. If you work on it enough, it will work. Everything works, and that's the mind frame my coach instills in me. Everything works, and every movement can be effective."
"I'm just trying to learn it all. There's not enough hours in the day for me, that's why I'm up half the night twitching, and shadowboxing. I don't sleep, I wait."
"To me, the most important thing is to be creative, to be spontaneous, to be fearless and to approach it without a plan. Approach the contest with no plan, with no set movement and just let it flow. Do shit that has not been done before, and trust me, I have shots that have not been shown before. I have shots in my book that have not been seen before, and I look forward to showing them."
"I'm a martial artist, and I'm open to all styles of combat. If someone wants to wrestle, then let's wrestle. Wherever the contest takes place, the contest takes place. I'm prepared for it all. I fear no man. If you breathe oxygen, I do not fear you."

MMA Beginnings

On March 9, 2008, McGregor made his professional MMA debut at Cage of Truth 2, defeating Gary Morris by second round (T)KO.  In fact, he rattled off a 10-2 overall MMA record before receiving his first title shot.

Two Weight Champion

On June 2, 2012, McGregor defeated David Hill by rear naked choke at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 47 to take home the organization’s featherweight championship.  In his very next fight at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 51, he defeated Ivan Buchinger by first-round KO to win the organization’s lightweight strap. The wins made him the first professional Irish fighter to hold two world titles in two separate divisions.  And that’s when the UFC came calling.

UFC Debut

Conor McGregor defeated Marcus Brimage by first-round TKO in his UFC debut on April 6, 2013.

Fighting Style

McGregor is one of the more interesting strikers you’ll see, in that he’s as diverse as they come.  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.  In other words, he’s quite effective on his feet.

On the ground, he also possesses solid Brazilian Jiu Jitsu capabilities.  But make no mistake -- he’s a stand-up fighter through and through.

Some of Conor McGregor’s Greatest MMA Victories

  • McGregor defeats Jose Aldo by first-round KO at UFC 194: Aldo came in ultra-aggressively, landing a punch that actually cut his opponent.  Unfortunately for the then champion, that aggressive stance allowed McGregor to land a counter left hand.  And that was that for Aldo, leaving his Irish opponent the new champion.  One of the quickest and most heralded stoppages in MMA history, especially considering the opponent.
  • McGregor defeats Chad Mendes by second-round TKO at UFC 189: Mendes took McGregor down early.  But a few things happened here.  First, McGregor was able to survive the ground battle.  Next, the Irish fighter was able to hurt Mendes with body kicks and punches.  And last, Mendes gassed en-route to a clear win for the heralded challenger.  With the win, McGregor took home an interim belt.
  • McGregor defeats Marcus Brimage by first-round TKO at the UFC on Fuel 9: Anytime you win your UFC debut after only 1:07, it's worth noting.
  • McGregor defeats Ivan Buchinger by first-round KO at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 51: When you win a second world title -- this time at lightweight -- people take notice.  Such was the case with this victory.
  • McGregor defeats David Hill by rear naked choke at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 47: With this victory, McGregor won his first world championship in the featherweight division.

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