By William Hill
Last Updated: 10th January 2020
Conor McGregor, arguably one of the most recognised and famous faces in world sport, is due to return to the UFC octagon for the first time in over a year.
The 31-year-old, who last competed in October 2018 when losing his lightweight title clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov, makes his grand comeback against Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas on January 18.
The popular Irishman, who made his UFC debut in 2013, has 21 professional wins and four losses in MMA to his name.
Ahead of the big fight against Cerrone at UFC 246, we take a look at McGregor’s career in the octagon to date.
McGregor’s incredible career stats and facts
McGregor shot to UFC stardom in 2013 as he made his debut in the biggest organisation in MMA, winning by a vicious knockout in Stockholm, Sweden against the tough Marcus Brimage.
‘The Notorious’ then went on a run of six successive victories in the organisation, including triumphs over current featherweight titleholder Max Holloway, Brazilian competitor Diego Brandao, experienced challenger Dustin Poirier, the oversized Dennis Siver, American grappler Chad Mendes and all-time 145lbs legend Jose Aldo.
McGregor then faced the first setback of his career when he came up against bitter American rival Nate Diaz, losing via a second-round submission in one of the biggest draws in UFC PPV history. The Irishman ran out of steam in the second round after battering his foe around in the first, as he was forced to tap out from a solid rear-naked choke.
In typical McGregor style, though, he bounced back in what was one of the best MMA fights in history, gaining a points decision win over Diaz and earning rematch revenge over his former conqueror.
The Dubliner then went on to headline the first ever UFC event in New York City, making history on what was already an incredible night for the sport.
McGregor stopped Alvarez to claim the lightweight belt in November 2016, earning a second-round stoppage success at the world-famous Madison Square Garden, a globally known arena widely regarded as the ‘mecca of boxing’.
In doing so, he became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two world titles simultaneously, having then also held the featherweight strap he gained when stopping Aldo amazingly inside just 13 seconds back in December 2015.
Now one of the biggest sports stars on the planet, having featured in some of the biggest-selling pay-per-views in UFC history, McGregor then turned his attention to boxing, managing to secure a high-profile money bout with undefeated, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in August 2017 – a fight he went on to lose.
By April 2018, McGregor had been stripped of his UFC lightweight title due to inactivity, with the same having happened to his featherweight title in November 2016.
The Irishman returned to the octagon in October 2018 to challenge Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title, but the Russian proved too strong, forcing McGregor into submission in the fourth round with a neck crank.
McGregor had announced his retirement from MMA on social media in March 2019, but he is now set to return to UFC once again in January to face Cerrone, who lost his last fight in the first round to Justin Gaethje in September.