By William Hill
Last Updated: 20th January 2021
Conor McGregor, arguably one of the most recognised and famous faces in world sport, is set to return to the UFC octagon once again this weekend for the first time in a year.
The 32-year-old, who last competed in January 2020 when making light work of Donald Cerrone, is to make his grand comeback against Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
The popular Irishman, who made his UFC debut in 2013, has 22 professional wins and four losses in MMA to his name, and he’ll be hoping to improve on the Conor McGregor fight record with victory against Poirier.
Ahead of his UFC return, we take a look at McGregor’s career in the octagon to date.
McGregor’s incredible career stats and facts
‘The Notorious’ shot to UFC stardom in 2013 as he made his debut in the biggest organisation in MMA, winning by a vicious Conor McGregor 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 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 Khabib 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 made his return to UFC in January 2020 to face Cerrone at welterweight at UFC 246, with the Irishman knocking out his opponent in 40 seconds to claim victory. In doing so, he became the first person in UFC history to win via knockout at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight.
In June, McGregor once again took to social media to announce his retirement from MMA, but is now set to return to UFC once more this weekend to face Poirier at lightweight, whom he will be looking to defeat for a second time before challenging for more championship glory.
Conor McGregor’s age of 32 matches that of Poirier, while the duo are expected to take to the octagon at around 5am on Sunday morning for fight time UK-wise.
Conor McGregor’s boxing career, meanwhile, could continue as he has also been linked with a boxing return to face Manny Pacquiao.