“The Notorious” Conor McGregor is the current UFC Featherweight champion and UFC Lightweight champion. He is the first MMA fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two different weight classes. The charismatic Irishman is known for his trash talking, defiant attitude and knockout punch. Conor is both one of the most popular and controversial figures in MMA. He has been compared to Muhammed Ali because of his trash talking, predicting match outcomes and getting in the heads of his opponents. He is primarily a striker and has been praised for his incredible boxing skills. However, he is skilled in all aspects of MMA. A good portion of his victories come by either knockout or technical knockout. He started his career in 2008 and made a name for himself in his native home, Ireland. He is immensely popular in Ireland, which is evident with the thousands of his Irish supporters that travel to Las Vegas, New York and other parts of the world for Conor. He has quickly become the pride of Ireland. In 2012, he was singed to a multi-fight contract with the UFC and soon established himself as one of UFC’s biggest stars.
It’s not just the exciting action and skills that have made him into a megastar. He’s also known for some of the wildest, craziest and most out of control moments often outside of the Octagon. He’s talked trash, got into fights, been fined thousands of dollars and challenged an entire profession, just to name a few. The nickname, “Notorious” has never been so fitting. Here is a look at 15 of Conor McGregor’s most notorious moments.
15) Conor Apologizes To… Absolutely Nobody
The UFC made history with their first card held in New York and made their debut in the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. UFC 205 took place on November 12, 2016. The night was all about making history, as Conor became the first fighter to hold two UFC championships in two different weight classes. Some doubted Conor’s chances because of his opponent’s wrestling skills, but that didn’t matter. Conor knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round to win the Lightweight title. Post fight, Conor was furious that his second belt, the Featherweight championship wasn’t nearby. He could be heard shouting, “Where’s my ****ing belt?” When he finally got the second belt he went into classic Conor mode. He was aware that he had ruffled a few feathers in the UFC and knew what the right thing to do was. That was to continue not to care and keep talking trash. With both belts draped on each shoulder he said, “I’ve ridiculed everyone on the roster, I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, I’d like to take this chance to apologize to absolutely nobody.” He went on to say, “the double champ does what the F*** he wants.”
14) Conor Flips Off Dennis Siver
Conor McGregor battled Dennis Siver in the main event of UFC Fight Night 59 on January 18, 2015, from the TD Garden in Boston. Conor defeated Siver by TKO in the second round. Conor gave the world a glimpse of what was to come from the defiant, no nonsense badass. Conor defeated Dennis Siver that night, which ensured his title shot at then UFC Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo. After the fight, Conor got in Jose’s face but Conor started the trouble-making before the fight even started. As is tradition in UFC, both fighters came to the center of the Octagon to touch gloves. However, on this night Siver decided not to touch gloves with the trash talking Irishman. Conor didn’t say anything; he simply gave the middle finger to Siver. That set the stage for the fight itself and Conor’s post match confrontation with Jose Aldo at cage side.
13) Law & Order & Conor
Conor McGregor never backs down and shows no fear. It doesn’t matter if he’s talking trash to Jose Aldo, Nate Diaz or even Brock Lesnar. His fame and fortune help him get away with a lot. He’s even had some interesting run-ins with the law. It appears that while Conor does have respect for the police, the police have even more respect for Conor.
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Conor told a story about a time he was pulled over by a cop. He mentioned that he was anticipating a ticket with a heavy penalty for the way he was driving. Well, it didn’t turn out that way at all. The cop asked to see his license. He looked at Conor and then asked if he could jump in the passenger seat for a selfie. He took the selfie and sent Conor on his way without a ticket or warning. Conor claims he sped away and never looked back.
12) The Ultimate Fighter Brawl
The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber aired from September 9, 2015 to December 9, 2015. The head coaches for the season were Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber. It was one of the rare times that the head coaches didn’t face off in the finale or at any point. Urijah is a former WEC Featherweight champion and held the belt for two years. He is credited with helping to legitimize the lighter weight classes in the UFC.
Currently, Urijah is ranked at number 7 in the official UFC bantamweight rankings. He wasn’t scheduled to face Conor but they came close to fighting during The Ultimate Fighter. Conor mocked Faber because of his friendship with T.J. Dillashaw. He mentioned that Faber had brought T.J. up but that he left Faber to train at a different gym with coach Duane Ludwig. Conor referred to T.J. as a snake in the grass. Conor made fun of Faber for never winning a title in the UFC and called him a fool. That’s when all the chaos erupted and both coaches started to brawl. Eventually both teams got involved and the mayhem intensified. The brawl was quickly stopped before any serious injuries could occur.
11) Sexy Red Lingerie
The UFC Go Big Press Conference was the night Conor McGregor gave the world a little glimpse of what was to come. He showed the world his incredible charisma, badass attitude and his awesome sense of style. He trashed talked just about everyone that was on stage that night, including, Chad Mendes, Donald Cerrone and Jose Aldo. He mentioned that he could also back it up. He pointed out that if any of those guys fight him it’s the biggest fight of their life. He claimed that they’ve finally made it to the big times when facing him. He pointed out that many of them would have their biggest paydays against him. Of course none of the other fighters on stage appreciated his trash talking. He went a step further and said that if they ever fought him they’d call home to their wife and tell her to break out the red panties because it’s a special night when you step in the Octagon with Conor.
10) Conor’s Extravagant Lifestyle
Conor McGregor never had any easy life. He came from nothing and is now one of the richest and most recognizable celebrities in the world. Before Conor’s MMA career he struggled to make ends meet. He was collecting welfare checks and worked as a plumber. He had very humble beginnings and that might help explain his current lifestyle.
Conor boasts that he makes $22 million a year and it seems he spends that much in a week. He has a massive collection of cars that include Escalades, Roll’s Royces and Lamborghinis. That’s just to name a few, as it appears he’s building a fleet of some of the most expensive cars in the world. He once went to a high-end jeweller and spent roughly $100,000 on himself. He’s also known for his stylish clothing and even showed up at the UFC 205 Press Conference in a sweet looking Mink coat. He has his own tailor and spends around $4,000 to $10,000 on customized suits.
9) Conor In The Buff
Conor McGregor is an incredibly talented MMA fighter with his awesome striking skills. He’s also very charismatic and puts everyone to shame when it comes to trash talking. He’s made history by becoming the first dual champion, as he is both the UFC Featherweight Champion and the UFC Lightweight Champion. Recently, he’s noted that he wants all the championships in UFC and feels he should have stocks in the company. Perhaps, he’ll even have a career in modelling but like everything he does, it’s not enough for Conor to just model. He gained a lot of attention for a recent photoshoot he participated in for ESPN’s Body Issue 2016. He posed for the magazine working out in front of a punching bag and he was completely naked. He showed off his body and probably had people drooling all over the world. Naked Conor is as devastating as a dressed Conor.
8) Who The **** Is That Guy?
Jeremy Stephens is a MMA fighter who competed in UFC’s Lightweight and Featherweight divisions. He has had many memorable fights against several top fighters, such as Rafael dos Anjos, Donald Cerrone and Renan Barao. At UFC 205 in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Stephens lost to Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision. However, it appears that Conor McGregor doesn’t care what anyone has done. At the UFC 205 Press Conference Stephens and Conor had a small confrontation. Conor fought Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 but both Conor and Stephens were on stage at the press conference announcing the card for UFC 205. A reporter asked Conor who on stage was the hardest fight for him. Before Conor could answer, Stephens jumped in and said that it would be him. Conor responded in classic Conor style by simply asking, “Who the F*** is that guy?” The crowd erupted in laughter and it’s considered by many to be one of Conor’s best insults.
7) Conor’s Got A Gun
Conor McGregor often finds himself in the center of controversy. Sometimes it’s for throwing bottles, and sometimes it’s for starting a Twitter war with the entire WWE locker room. His antics outside of the Octagon sometimes get him into trouble. After defeating Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to become the new UFC Featherweight champion, Conor found himself in some hot water. He posted a picture to Instagram of him wearing a mask and posing with an Uzi. This caused a considerable amount of controversy in Ireland. The police investigated the matter and Conor issued an apology. He noted that he was posing with an Airsoft BB gun and that he was simply preparing for an upcoming movie role.
Conor didn’t stop there though. In 2016, after his victory over Nate Diaz, Conor had more controversy to stir up. This time he posted a picture to Instagram of him holding a huge gun and quoted the film Scarface, “You need people like me.” He received some backlash from news reports for this post as well.
6) Conor vs. WWE
Prior to his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz, Conor participated in a conference call where he made some interesting comments about the WWE. Conor had some harsh words to say about the WWE, such as, “For the most part those WWE guys are p*****s.” He also went after former UFC Heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.
Lesner returned to the Octagon this year and defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200. After it was revealed that Brock had failed two USADA drug tests, Conor said about Brock, “Fair play to Brock, he got in there and fought but at the end of the day he was juiced up to the f*****g eyeballs, so how can I respect that?” Brock responded by saying, “Man, I take s**** bigger than that kid.”
Conor did show some respect towards WWE CEO Vince McMahon, Triple H and The Rock. However, Conor later said on Twitter, “I didn’t mean no disrespect to the @wwe fans. What I meant to say was that I’d slap the head off your entire roster. And twice on Sunday’s [sic].” The WWE roster was not happy and many had harsh words for Conor, including Roman Reigns, AJ Styles and Chris Jericho. However, many felt that the WWE roster fell for the bait and should have not responded. Wrestling legend and icon “Nature Boy” Ric Flair got in the harshest word when he said, “Coming from a guy who built a career copying my persona, I expected the type of class we get from Ronda or Anderson.”
5) Conor And Jose
Conor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 194 on December 12, 2015, to capture the UFC Featherweight championship. From the very start, Conor was doing everything he could to get in Jose’s head. After Conor’s victory over Dennis Siver, he jumped over the fence and got right in Jose’s face. Security had to hold Conor back who later stated, “I was going to kill that Brazilian.” To his credit, Jose simply smiled back and seemed amused by the whole situation. That wouldn’t last long. Jose had a very strong silent-but-violent type of image. He didn’t need to trash talk, make jokes or get insanely angry.
However, at the UFC 189 Press Conference Conor did the unthinkable. He grabbed Jose’s Featherweight title and held it above his head, which Jose didn’t like. Of course, it was foreshowing for Conor’s future victory. Not only did Conor defeat Jose for the Featherweight championship at UFC 194, but also he did it in record time. Conor beat Jose in 13 seconds of the first round by knockout.
4) Conor Challenges Floyd Mayweather
Floyd “Money” Mayweather is widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time. He competed from 1996 to 2015, and was a World Champion in five divisions. He was undefeated as a professional boxer with an impressive record of 49 wins and no loses. 26 of his wins came by knockout. The Ring, ESPN and Sports Illustrated have rated him the best pound for pound boxer in the world. He was also known for his arrogant attitude and trash talking skills. Kind of sounds like somebody else we all know. Conor made headlines when he challenged Floyd to a fight. Conor said in an interview about a potential fight with Floyd, “I will give you a fair fight 80/20 split purse in my favour seen (sic) as your last fight bombed at every area of revenue.”
3) The Chairman
UFC 205 was historic for many reasons. First, it was the first UFC event held in New York after a nearly 20 year ban on the sport was finally lifted. It was one of the most stacked cards in UFC history and was headlined by UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor defeating Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez, to become the first person to hold two different belt in two weight classes. However, things got heated before either fighter entered the Octagon. During the UFC 205 pre-fight press conference, Conor and Eddie had an intense interaction. Once again Conor was late for the event because Conor operates on his own time. Eddie was frustrated and left the area until Conor showed up. When he did, Conor took Eddie’s Lightweight belt and sat it next to his. Eddie was furious when he returned and pushed his chair away. The chair ended up in Conor’s hands and he went to hit Eddie with it (WWE-style), but Dana White prevented that from happening. The two calmed down and went back to trash talking. Conor asked at one point, “I wonder how much a chair would’ve cost me?” Dana White noted that he would have been fined in the seven-figure range.
2) Conor “Retires”
Originally, UFC 200 was to be headlined by Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz in a rematch from their UFC 196 fight. Diaz won that fight by submission after taking the fight on short notice. Apparently, Conor and the UFC had some disagreements over promotional materials. The UFC wanted Conor to fly to Vegas to film a commercial for UFC 200. Conor turned it down because he was focusing on training in Iceland. Then Conor shocked the world when he went on Twitter and apparently announced his retirement. He said on Twitter, “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.”
Conor was pulled from the UFC 200 card and his future was in serious question. Later, Conor and the UFC were able to come to an agreement. Conor announced that he was not retiring from the UFC. He ended up fighting Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August of 2016, and defeated Diaz on judges decision.
1) Throwing Bottles And Cans
In the main event of UFC 202 in Las Vegas, Conor McGregor defeated Nate Diaz in a highly anticipated rematch. The rematch took place on August 20, 2016. Diaz had defeated Conor earlier in the year at UFC 196, when Diaz filled in for injured Rafael dos Anjos on short notice. Diaz made Conor submit in their first meeting and Conor demanded a rematch. However, the sparks started to fly before the rematch in the Octagon. A few days earlier at the UFC 202 Press Conference, things got a bit out of control. First, Conor showed up late, which seemed to annoy everyone including, Dana White and Diaz. When Conor finally showed up it was just seconds later that the chaos erupted. Conor, like usual, was talking trash when Diaz suddenly got up and left. As Diaz and his crew were leaving they engaged in a shouting match with Conor. It was at this point that Diaz threw a bottle at Conor. Conor snapped and began to throw bottles and heavy Monster Energy Drink cans into the crowd at Diaz and his crew. There were reports of minor injuries from the crowd.
UFC 202 ended up being the highest drawing PPV in UFC history and Conor made roughly $3 million for the fight. However, due to the bottle throwing incident Conor was fined a reported $150,000 by the Nevada Athletic Commission, although many claim it was actually $75,000. Conor was so shocked and angry over the fine that he has vowed to never fight in Las Vegas again.