Even if you haven’t seen Conor McGregor fight, you’ve heard his talk and seen his face. As exciting as he is in the ring Octagon, his self-promotion outside of it would make Muhamad Ali proud. He’s confident, gutsy, and fearless,—all traits that surely come in handy when you step in the ring Octagon with a man trained to knock you out or make you submit.
He began boxing and kickboxing when he was 12 years old, training at the Crumlin Boxing Club in Dublin, Ireland with Olympian Phil Sutcliffe. His talent and work ethic made him a quick study in the sport and was a sign of things to come. In 2006, McGregor moved with his family to Lucan, West Dublin and took up a plumbing apprenticeship. It was at this time that Conor met Tom Egan, another future future UFC fighter, and began training in Mixed Martial Arts.
McGregor began fighting professionally in 2008 and quickly became a well-known name by capturing the Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight belts. He dominated the promotion until getting the call to join the UFC roster in 2013—when he became only the second UFC fighter native to Ireland.