Conor McGregor is, hands down, one of the most recognizable names in UFC history. The Irish fighter came from humble beginnings in Dublin, Ireland where he spent time as a plumber's apprentice before becoming the first UFC fighter to hold two championships simultaneously. Despite several "retirements" McGregor remains the fighter to beat for many UFC fighters. You might also be surprised that being tough and fit runs in the McGregor family, as his older sister was a bodybuilder and fitness model before going on to Dancing with the Stars fame. You'll even learn a little bit about his fighting career before the UFC, like when he tweeted Dana White back in 2012 or when he knocked out one opponent in four seconds. These facts and more just go to show what an interesting person Conor McGregor truly is in and out of the octagon.
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Won A Fight In Four Seconds
Conor McGregor is known for having a wicked left cross. The signature hit is what landed him a four-second knockout against Paddy Doherty. Apparently he traveled eight hours for this short fight. This was just a glimpse of the illustrious career McGregor would later enjoy in the UFC.
Was The First UFC Double-Champion
McGregor has never been shy about jumping weight divisions. If he liked the idea of taking on a challenger, the weight division didn't really matter. This led to McGregor becoming the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions (featherweight and lightweight) at the same time. It's no wonder he's one of the world's highest paid athletes.
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McGregor's Sister Is A Bodybuilder
The McGregor clan sure is tough. Erin McGregor, Conor's older sister, was a body builder and fitness model before having her second child. With over 150K followers on her social media, Erin also appeared on Ireland's Dancing with the Stars in 2018. Once an apprentice hairdresser, Erin McGregor is yet another family member proving just how far you can go with hard work and dedication.
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Went From Welfare To Millionaire
Just a few days before McGregor was to make his UFC debut in Sweden, he stopped on his way to the airport to pick up a social welfare payment. He then went on to win his first UFC fight against Marcus Brimage. The fight lasted one minute and seven seconds and garnered McGregor the $60,000 'Knockout of the Night' bonus. This was just the start of Conor McGregor's meteoric rise in the UFC.
Believes There Are Three Ways To Beat An Opponent
Conor McGregor takes a holistic approach when it comes to utterly obliterating his opponents as evidenced by this quote:
"You beat him verbally. You beat him mentally, and then finally, you beat him physically. That's the three ways to beat a man."
It's hard to argue with that logic. For most of his career, McGregor was known for talking a lot of trash before a fight, and this quote reveals how it fit into his overall strategy.
Dee Devlin Has Been McGregor's Girlfriend Since 2008
While McGregor is a fierce and dedicated fighter in the ring, he also gave a ring to his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin. They have three children, one daughter and two sons. While many say that he is obsessed with fighting, it is clear that he is also a dedicated family man. Who knows, there might even be a McGregor/UFC family legacy brewing.