Professional Mixed Martial Artist and UFC Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor, will make his professional boxing debut against one of history’s best boxers, Floyd ‘The Money’ Mayweather on 26 August. McGregor, a reigning UFC Lightweight Champion and former UFC Featherweight Champion, is certainly in for a tough fight but he has an interesting background that might play into his favour. Here are some unknown facts about the Irishman.
Before becoming a big name in MMA, McGregor did some boxing in his youth, even winning a championship. So, he won’t be going into the ring without some experience.
Because of his small frame, McGregor was targetted by bullies from a young age which is why he actually got into combat sport. Now he attends school seminars, addressing the children about how to deal with bullying at different levels.
A massive tiger tattoo on his belly and his Irish origins have prompted the MMA legend to nickname himself ‘The Celtic Tiger’. While giving yourself a nickname is somewhat cringeworthy, at least it’s a great nickname.
Before making a name for himself in MMA, McGregor actually trained to be a plumber.
His big break onto the MMA scene was when he defeated Marcus Brimage with a first-round knockout, for which he earned $60 000. The week before that, he had been collecting social welfare.
McGregor is the first non-American fighter to have won world titles in different weight classes. He won the UFCs featherweight and lightweight titles.
Jose was KO’ed, Eddie was KO’ed, you’re looking at the two-weight world champion and that’s it.
Around the same time he started his MMA career McGregor’s grandfather passed away, he now carries his grandfathers hat with him in his fight kit bag.
Many sportsmen believe in the ‘no sex before a big game’ superstition but McGregor has proved it to be just that – a superstition – time and again by having as much sex as possible before a fight.
McGregor’s sister, Erin, is a competitive bodybuilder. The two are very supportive of each other’s careers and, according to Erin, there is even more mutual respect as siblings considering the fields they have found themselves in.
He and his team are avid supporters of the ‘same-sex marriage’ movement in Ireland, with McGregor stating on record that everyone deserves equal rights.
At Immortal Fighting Championship in 2011, McGregor fought Patrick Doherty where he finished him in an incredible four seconds with just two punches.
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