Conor Anthony McGregor (Irish: Conch??r Ant??in Mac Gr??ag??ir; born 14 July 1988) is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and fighter. He is the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight winner. As of 1 July 2019, he’s ranked #3 in the official UFC lightweight rankings and #9 in the official UFC pound-for-pound ranks.
McGregor started his MMA career in 2008 and, in 2012, he won both the Cage Warriors Featherweight and Lightweight Championships, holding both names simultaneously before vacating them to signal with the UFC. In 2015, at UFC 194, he defeated Jos?? Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship via knockout 13 seconds into the first round, which is the quickest success in UFC title history. Upon beating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205, McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight divisions simultaneously.
McGregor began his professional boxing career in 2017. In his introduction boxing match, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr.He is the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) draw MMA history, with headlined five from those six highest-selling UFC pay-per-view events. His headline bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov in UFC 229 drew 2.4 million PPV buys, the most ever for an MMA event. His boxing game with Mayweather drew 4.3 million PPV purchases in North America, the second most from history.On 9 March 2008, McGregor had his first pro MMA bout, as a lightweight, beating Gary Morris with a second-round TKO. Following McGregor won his next fight against Mo Taylor, he left his featherweight introduction in a reduction via submission against Artemij Sitenkov. After a victory at featherweight in his next bout against Stephen Bailey, McGregor contemplated another career path prior to his mum contacted his coach John Kavanagh and reinvigorated him to keep on pursuing mixed martial arts. 
McGregor then won his next fight, too at featherweight, against Connor Dillon, before moving back to lightweight for a fight against Joseph Duffy, where he obtained his next expert loss after submitting to an arm-triangle choke. Following this, throughout 2011 and 2012, McGregor went on an eight-fight winning streak, through which he won both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships, making him the first European professional mixed martial artist to hold names in two divisions simultaneously. In February 2013, UFC president Dana White made a trip to Dublin, Ireland to Be Given a Gold Medal of Honorary Patronage in Trinity College and was inundated with requests to sign McGregor into the UFC. After a meeting McGregor, and speaking with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, White offered him a contract days later.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (2013—gift )
UFC introduction In February 2013, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) declared that they had signed McGregor to a multi-fight contract.  In joining, McGregor became just the second fighter from Ireland to compete for the company, after fellow SBG team member Tom Egan.
On April 2013, McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage on the first card card of UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs. Latifi.  Brimage started the battle aggressively, meeting McGregor in the middle of the octagon before starting a flurry of strikes to push him back. McGregor, repeatedly throwing a counter left hand, seen little success with his initial striking. After ascertaining that Brimage was susceptible to a snap kick directed at his chest and chin, McGregor started to employ a looping left hand uppercut, throwing every single time Brimage would move forward into striking variety. These uppercuts grounded Brimage soon after McGregor started to utilize them. The bout was stopped 1:07 to the first round.  The win also earned McGregor his first»Knockout of the Night» award. 
McGregor was expected to confront Andy Ogle on 17 August 2013 at UFC Fight Night 26, but Ogle pulled out of the bout citing an accident and was replaced by Max Holloway.  McGregor bewildered Holloway together with his unusual boxing strategy, and his incorporation of a huge array of taekwondo kicks, many of which aren’t utilized in MMA to a substantial degree. McGregor managed to restrain the striking range by using extended, non-committal low side kicks to Holloway’s knee and shin, and initiate mixes by leaping in with bike and switch kicks. After the battle was brought to the ground, McGregor maintained high hands, performing different positional advances, and mitigating his competitor’s exemptions on the floor.  McGregor won the fight by unanimous decision (30—27, 30—27, and 30—26). Following the bout with Holloway, an MRI study showed that McGregor had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) throughout the bout and might require surgery, keeping him out of action for up to ten months. 
Return after trauma McGregor was expected to confront Cole Miller on 19 July 2014 at UFC Fight Night 46 in his comeback bout after recovering from his ACL injury.  However, Miller pulled out of this bout mentioning a thumb injury and was replaced by Diego Brand??o.  McGregor fought Brand??o in front of a loud, rowdy crowd of 9,500 in The O2 in his hometown of Dublin, Ireland. McGregor began the struggle with a signature turning side kick, before finding his range and landing assorted taekwondo kicks, and left hand counters. Brand??o, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black buckle, attempted to instigate two takedowns, so he could make use of his grappling pedigree, but both attempts were averted by McGregor. Nonetheless, a lot of the fight was spent on the ground, as McGregor attained a takedown 1:20 into the bout. When the fight returned to the toes in the third minute, McGregor started to use his left hand cross, and started to cut the cage. Brand??o, trapped between the octagon and McGregor, dropped to his side after being hit by another left hand cross as the struggle went into its fourth second.  The fight was officially halted by referee Leon Roberts at 4:05 of the very first round. The triumph earned McGregor his initial»Performance of the Night» award. 
Before his next bout, McGregor met with Lorenzo Fertitta and signed up a new multi-fight contract with the UFC. McGregor next faced Dustin Poirier on 27 September 2014 in UFC 178.  The bout was among the most anticipated fights on the UFC 178 card, with McGregor and Poirier just two of only four men involved in the pre-fight media conference, alongside the originally scheduled headliners Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.  Part of this anticipation stemmed in the challenge the match-up introduced: Poirier was McGregor’s first opponent ranked in the UFC’s top ten featherweights.  Despite McGregor landing 9 significant strikes to Poirier’s 10, he managed to secure a success early in the first round, by pressuring Poirier onto his back foot, before exploding with a left hook supporting Poirier’s ear, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in. The finish officially came at 1:46 to the first round.  This marked Poirier’s first UFC reduction via KO/TKO, also got McGregor his second straight»Performance of the Night» award.  In the post-fight interview with commentator Joe Rogan, McGregor cited the UFC Featherweight Championship as his next target from the organisation, saying that»If [the UFC] desire, I will remove Chad Mendes and step into and give the fans what they need; Aldo vs. McGregor.»
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