It’s arduous to consider that just some years in the past, solely a phase of the hardcore MMA fanbase outdoors of the European scene knew of Eire’s Conor McGregor. Right now, he is likely one of the sport’s superstars, the primary fighter in UFC historical past to carry two titles concurrently, and, on Aug. 26, the person competing within the largest battle of 2017 when he enters the skilled boxing ring for the primary time to face unbeaten future Corridor of Famer Floyd Mayweather.

So how did this all occur? Let’s discover out.

2013

TKO1 Marcus Brimage (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Diehard struggle followers knew about assured Dubliner Conor McGregor earlier than his UFC debut in April of 2013, however few anticipated him to turn out to be the phenomenon he did – no less than not as shortly as he took over the MMA world. However for those who’re on the lookout for the best way to make a UFC debut, “The Infamous” one nailed it towards Marcus Brimage, knocking the American out within the first spherical after Brimage took McGregor’s pre-struggle trash speak as a private assault and rushed the Irishman. sixty seven seconds later, a star was born.

W3 Max Holloway (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Initially slated to face Andy Ogle in an all-Europe battle, McGregor obtained an much more imposing task in Hawaii’s Max Holloway in Boston, and catastrophe virtually struck when the extremely touted McGregor tore his ACL through the bout. Gutting it out towards a harmful foe, McGregor nonetheless discovered a solution to win, taking a 3-spherical unanimous determination. Sadly, he can be placed on the shelf for almost a yr because of the knee damage.

2014

TKO1 Diego Brandao (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Some individuals falter underneath strain, whereas others enjoy it, and McGregor proved to be a part of the latter group when matched up with Brazil’s Diego Brandao in July of 2014. Not solely was McGregor returning after almost a yr away from the Octagon resulting from damage, however he was coming again because the headliner of the UFC’s return to his house metropolis of Dublin. But regardless of the deluge of media descending on him and the load of expectations dropped on his shoulders, McGregor responded with a Efficiency of the Night time stoppage, barely getting touched by Brandao earlier than the top got here on the four:05 mark.

TKO1 Dustin Poirier (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Having proved capable of defeat his fellow prospects, McGregor nonetheless needed to present that he might cling with the contenders of the featherweight division, and towards Dustin Poirier in Las Vegas, he did greater than that, stopping the gifted and skilled veteran in lower than two minutes. If followers thought they heard sufficient of McGregor’s speak, he was about to do much more. But what they couldn’t deny was that when he talked, he lived as much as each boast. And now he had the eye of champion Jose Aldo.

2015

TKO2 Dennis Siver (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

Many believed that McGregor’s win over Poirier was sufficient to place him in a title battle with Aldo, however the UFC needed to see him cross another check. In his second headlining bout, this time towards Germany’s Dennis Siver in Boston, McGregor cemented his place as the subsequent in line for a crack on the crown with a dominant second spherical end of Siver. However was he prepared for Aldo?

TKO2 Chad Mendes (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

After an in depth media tour to construct up his UFC 189 bout towards Aldo, McGregor received a shot to the chest when the champion was pressured to withdraw from the battle as a consequence of damage. Nonetheless wanting to remain on the cardboard, McGregor took on a harmful alternative foe within the type of Chad Mendes, and regardless of some tough early moments when he was taken down by the Staff Alpha Male standout, McGregor roared again, scored a second spherical TKO victory and picked up the interim one hundred forty five-pound title belt. Aldo must wait, however not for lengthy.

KO1 Jose Aldo (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

If Conor McGregor by no means gained one other battle once more, he would nonetheless be remembered eternally for this one. After all of the hype and anticipation for Aldo vs. McGregor, the Irishman took simply thirteen seconds to take Aldo’s belt and finish the Brazilian’s decade-lengthy unbeaten streak. Watching it on tv simply doesn’t do it justice, as saying the MGM Grand Backyard Area erupted that night time is an understatement. Conor McGregor owned Las Vegas that night time, and now he had his sights on the world.

2016


Lsub2 Nate Diaz (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

There can be no relaxation or any lack of ambition from Mr. McGregor after he gained his world title, as he instantly set his sights on a March 2016 bout with light-weight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. However McGregor’s quest for historical past was delayed when Dos Anjos obtained injured. What to do? How a few brief discover bout with Nate Diaz…at one hundred seventy kilos? McGregor was in, Diaz was in, and after a robust begin from the Irishman, Diaz took over within the second spherical and submitted “The Infamous” one. The battle despatched shockwaves via the sports activities world and begged for a rematch.

W5 Nate Diaz (Watch on UFC FIGHT PASS)

After struggling his first UFC loss, McGregor might have gone again to featherweight to defend his title and even request a rematch with Diaz at a extra possible one hundred fifty five kilos. He didn’t. He needed the rematch ASAP at one hundred seventy once more. And this time, in one of many largest occasions of the yr at UFC 202, McGregor evened the rating, holding off a late cost from Diaz to win a 5-spherical majority choice. It was stirring stuff from a person getting used to delivering that sort of pleasure.