Conor McGregor has become arguably the most recognised and famous face in the world sport across the planet, thanks to his antics both in and outside of the UFC Octagon.
The popular Irishman shot to immense stardom in MMA back in 2013, as he made his debut in the biggest organisation in the sport, winning by a vicious knockout in Stockholm, Sweden against the tough Marcus Brimage.
Nicknamed ‘the Notorious’, McGregor has gone from strength to strength in recent years, even branching out and, because of his unique brand and highly popular image, managing to secure a high-profile money boxing bout with undefeated, five-division world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr in August 2017.
The former UFC featherweight titleholder and current lightweight champion has been involved in all of the organisation’s biggest fight nights on pay-per-view. There are likely to be many more, too, with punters able to follow all of the action in the near future.
This includes four of the six biggest-selling pay-per-views in UFC history, in which he faced the likes of Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez. Across Las Vegas and New York, it doesn’t matter where McGregor goes, he’s a superstar of the sport.
Incredible career stats and facts
‘The Notorious’ secured his first UFC win in 2013 when halting Brimage, but he then went on a run of six successive victories in the organisation. This included 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 Aldo.
He 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.
Big future still ahead
He 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.
Such a remarkable set of stats and facts showcase exactly why Conor McGregor has become one of the biggest names ever in, not just MMA and UFC, but in all of sport.
Whatever his next move will be, it will for sure carry great popularity and coverage, as the Irishman looks to continue breaking records inside and out of the octagon, having also tasted the financial riches of the boxing world as well.