Who is Conor McGregor?
Born in Dublin in July 1988, McGregor began boxing at the age of 12 before starting to train in mixed martial arts. He turned professional when he was 18 and won Cage Warriors Fighting Championship (CWFC) titles at both featherweight and lightweight level, before being signed up for UFC in February 2013.
McGregor has chalked up a string of notable achievements since making the switch to UFC. He became the only man to ever hold titles in separate weight divisions at the same time when he beat Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight championship to his featherweight belt. McGregor’s 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo still ranks as the shortest title fight ever in UFC, and he is one of only seven fighters to have earned five or more consecutive knockouts.
Now 29, McGregor has won 21 of his 24 career fights, including 18 via knockout. Also known by the nickname ‘Notorious’, he has become famous for his extreme confidence and extravagant dress sense as well as his fighting ability. Having regularly taunted Mayweather over the years, saying the five-weight boxing world champion would be ‘afraid’ to go up against him in a ‘real’ fight, McGregor was granted a boxing licence by the California State Athletic Commission last November to let him fight in the USA. The eagerly-anticipated superfight was then set up when Mayweather came out of retirement, with the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, picked to stage the bout.
The Conor McGregor Song
A song entitled ‘There’s Only One Conor McGregor’, written and performed by Irish singer and ukulele player Mick Konstantin, has racked up millions of views ahead of the fight with Mayweather. Chronicling McGregor’s journey from humble beginnings to multimillionaire, the song includes lyrics such as ‘Came from working on a building site, To getting million dollar pay cheques from Dana White’. It also boldly predicts that Mayweather will be no match for his man, saying ‘So Floyd watch out cos the Irish are coming, You can talk all you want, but you'll do nothin!’ McGregor has promised to bring Konstantin over to Las Vegas, get him tickets for the fight and meet him afterwards for a celebratory sing-song.
Conor McGregor net worth 2017
According to Forbes’ 2017 list of the world’s richest sportsmen, McGregor has a net worth of £26.5 million ($34 million). He is the wealthiest MMA fighter on the planet and the 24th highest-paid athlete. The fight with Mayweather is set to propel McGregor to even greater heights of wealth and fame, with reports suggesting he will earn approximately £60 million ($75 million) for his night’s work.
What is UFC?
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, UFC, is a mixed martial arts organisation which was first established in the early 1990s. The fights are staged in an enclosed Octagon rather than a ring, and championship fights typically consist of five rounds, each lasting five minutes. Originally perceived by many as a violent free-for-all where competitors could do just about anything to win a fight, the rules have evolved over the years to promote more technical skills, but it is still a sport which encompasses all manner of combat disciplines, such as kick-boxing, wrestling and boxing.
A fighter can win via knockout, technical knockout or by forcing their opponent to submit, and if the bout goes the distance it will be decided by a panel of judges.
What is UFC fighters night?
UFC Fight Nights are events which are held around the world to showcase the best competitors in the sport. A fight card will be scheduled to feature contests at various different weights, culminating in the main event of the night, which will most likely be an encounter between two of the highest-profile names in UFC. There are also numbered events, such as UFC 213, UFC 214, etc, where titles are on the line and fans flock to see who will become champion.