There are so many personalities in MMA and the UFC, especially when it comes to title holders. One thing is for sure, it’s always good to put on the best show possible because that’s how you stay on top. Ronda Rousey was just one example of someone who loved getting attention from the media even from her haters. Conor McGregor is finding himself in the same arena as Rousey. He probably has just as many people who hate him as who love him. He’s not the kind of guy who is interested in being low key, he’s out there wearing crazy-colored fur coats and speaking his mind and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks of it. That can be a good and a bad thing, these days, it seems to be a “thing” to call out people online to get what you want.
There are men and women all over the world who love Conor McGregor, though their reasons may be different. He’s rich, famous, and one tough fighter. He has gotten highly-publicized fights in the industry that most men only dream about. There are many things to know about Conor McGregor and these days, he seems to be getting more bad attention than good and who knows how they're going to affect his career. It can really go both ways, either it makes him more popular or it will eventually sink his career. Check out these 10 reasons why men want to be him and 10 why women want to be with him.
20 Men: He’s Tough As Nails
Whether you are someone who hates Conor or someone who wants to be him, there is no denying that he is one brutal fighter. He’s taken on some pretty tough fighters over the years and even a legend in the boxing industry and he never shows fear no matter what he’s doing. Even when Conor is losing, he somehow makes a win out of it. That was the case when he took on Floyd Mayweather. Even when he lost, he still left with roughly $100 million and it wasn’t like he was licking his wounds somewhere afterward. He was off partying on a yacht with his family. He takes each experience and learns from it even when he is losing.
“You might win some, you might lose some. But you go in, you challenge yourself, you become a better man, a better individual, a better fighter.”
Overall, that’s his biggest goal, to become a better fighter, the absolute best fighter. That’s just one of the reasons why men love him because he walks around like a true alpha male and that’s all about instinct. “I enjoy competition. I enjoy challenges. If a challenge is in front of me and it appeals to me, I will go ahead and conquer it.”
19 Women: He Travels A Lot
When you are the girlfriend of someone who is rich and famous, that means that you get to travel to amazing places and stay at lavish hotels. Stars don’t just go anywhere, they head to 5-star hotels that are known for their elite guests and know how to treat a celebrity right. They go where they aren’t going to be hassled by fans and where they get treated like kings and queens. Seeing Dee Devlin going to tropical destinations and sunning on a yacht has all the ladies out there thinking that they want to be where she is. We can’t say for sure whether Conor McGregor has ever been a bad boyfriend to Dee, but even if he has, we don’t think he’s going anywhere.
He definitely loves his girl and he’s committed to taking care of her in every way possible. Between his love for his girl and his love for his son, he’s probably not going to trade his life in for something else. “He’s only five months old. He can stand and balance on his feet. I have this little method where I have him doing a squat. I lie him on my legs. I think I’m going to raise a special young boy who’s going to go on and achieve great things. I’m very excited about that.”
18 Men: He Used To Be Poor
Everyone loves a great underdog story and for every man out there who wants to rise above, he can look at Conor McGregor and see that it’s possible. McGregor came from nothing — he was dirt poor and struggled to be where he is today. It’s like the Cinderella story except with blood and bruises. It’s hard to hate a guy who truly killed himself to get to where he is. From fighting in a small gym in Ireland to being one of the top MMA fighters in the UFC, he’s definitely done well for himself.
“I take inspiration from everyone and everything. I'm inspired by current champions, former champions, true competitors, people dedicated to their dream, hard workers, dreamers, believers, achievers.”
Conor knows what it's like to not only survive, but to thrive. People can’t get enough of stories like this one and you can even fault the guy for his arrogance because of the fact that he worked hard to get to where he is. He’s a true believer in the power of positive thinking and that’s evidenced in his life. “When I say something's going to happen, it's going to happen.”
17 Women: He Loves His Girlfriend
Sure, there have been rumors over the years and we do have to wonder about some of the pictures we've seen over the years, but when you get right down to it, Conor loves his girlfriend. They have been together since they were very young and Conor has stated multiple times how she’s been by his side when he was nothing. Whether he's strayed or not is between them and her ability to forgive, but women love a great love story, especially a flawed one that couple is able to overcome because of the love. No love is perfect and when you see these two together, it’s hard not to root for them.
“My girlfriend has been there since the start. She has helped me throughout this career. If it wasn’t for her, I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. So definitely, I love to spoil her. She does not work anymore, I hired her to the business. She works for me now and collects the cheques.”
His goal has always been to give her an easy life. “My girlfriend worked very hard throughout the years and stuck by me when I had essentially absolutely nothing. I only had a dream that I was telling her. For me to be able to take her out of work, give her everything she’s ever wanted, and to travel the world with her fills me with pride. It keeps me going.”
16 Men: He Knocks People Out
Obviously, one of the biggest reasons why Conor McGregor has so many fans is because he’s an MMA fighter. There is a world of men out there that want to be Conor for that reason alone. They love the sport of MMA and they want to go pro just like him. Unfortunately, there are thousands of MMA fighters in the world that will never make it to the UFC, that’s just the reality of it. It may be because they don’t have the talent or skill or it could have something to do with other fighters having more showmanship. Either way, not everyone makes it big and a lot of the guys that are watching Conor knock people out are wishing that they were doing the exact same thing. Conor has a pretty high knock out record and that’s definitely something to be proud of.
“I don't feel pressure in a negative way. I like pressure. I feel excitement and calm at the same time. No pressure, no diamonds. I want pressure: pressure creates drama, creates emotion.”
There are definitely many different ways that one can deal with pressure, and with Conor, it seems like he harnesses that feeling and lets it come out in constructive ways. Except for that time that he attacked a bus with Nurmagomedov in it.
15 Women: He’s Got A Lot Of Dollar Bills To Throw Around
Obviously, Dee Devlin, his girlfriend, is benefiting most from the money that he makes, but when Conor McGregor goes out to a party, there are always women around. If you happen to be a woman and are lucky enough to be at one McGregor's parties, that means you are likely to be treated in a very lavish way. That means champagne, gifts, and special attention. A lot of these women at the parties are models that are hired for the event, but some of them aren’t. Meeting Conor McGregor in person can be an exciting thing for a woman who is not famous. There is also the kind of women like Rita Ora who figures she can knock Dee Devlin off her throne and take her place. Ora can say all she wants that she wasn’t trying to steal Conor away, but pictures don’t lie and at the very least, she was disrespectful to their relationship. There’s no doubt about it, there are women out there that will love Conor just for his money alone, but Dee loved him from the beginning.
14 Men: He’s Surrounded By Women
If you are a man that loves his women, then you are going to look at Conor McGregor like he’s a god. The guy has tons women all over him all the time, especially when he’s heading to a party after a win. There are models, actresses, and socialites and they all want a piece of the action. He even crashed one of Jennifer Lopez’ parties one time. Conor McGregor went to the party with Cristiano Ronaldo who happened to have an invite to her birthday party.
“We go in and J-Lo catches his eye and comes running over like a schoolgirl, ‘Oh! Conor McGregor! Thank you for coming. Let’s dance,'”
Kavanagh recalled. "She drags him to the dance floor, and they start dancing and I’m like ‘Oh, here we go, just another crazy story.’" It definitely can’t hurt to get the chance to dance with the sexy Jennifer Lopez and that’s why men all over the world want to be him. The next day he posted a picture of him and J-Lo on Instagram telling her Happy Birthday!
13 Women: He Can Protect Them
One of the reasons why women love MMA in the same way that men do is because it’s badass. We get to see some of the toughest men in the world battle it out in the ring just like in the Sparta days, except no one dies. There is just something exciting about seeing tough men battle it out. Especially if you are a fan of the one that wins. Strong men are attractive to women because it goes back to our basic need of wanting to be protected. Even the strongest, most independent women out there love it when their man is protective of them even if they don’t need them to be. Women are likely to want to stand next to a man like McGregor because we know he would have our backs no matter what. We love seeing a man training to be the best ever, it’s a very addicting thing to be around.
“A good feeling for me is when you train and then you put on fresh clothes.
New clothes after a training session — you have this rush of endorphins from exercise that everybody gets, and then you get that nice feeling of fresh clothes. It's a double whammy.”
12 Men: He Drives Nice Cars
That’s a huge thing for guys and one that will always get their attention. There are so many nice sports cars out there and Conor has a lot of them. It seems these days, he’s in competition with Mayweather to get the same kind of cars that he has. Mayweather has a lot more money to work with, but Conor is certainly doing well for himself. He has quite a few cars in his possession including a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini. When it comes to wealthy guys, they can’t just have one car, they have to have multiple in their garage even though some of the cars rarely get driven. Conor works hard though so you can hardly fault him for having some cars to brag about.
“I wish everyone well, but you need to focus on yourself. You need to stop putting your hand out. Everyone wants handouts. Everyone wants things for free. You've got to put in the work. You've got to grind.
You've got go through the struggle, and you've got to get it.” When it comes to taking care of his own, he definitely does everything that he can , but he’s also not just throwing away his money either.
11 Women: He Travels In Style
We are going to totally ignore the fact that he is reading the paper upside down for a moment just to appreciate the fact that he is flying somewhere on a private jet. It was clearly a staged photo that he just didn’t think through at the time. You know you really have made it when you can either rent a private jet or you own one. It’s a pretty cool thing when you once flew coach and had to deal with the joys of that, to suddenly riding in class and style. The cool thing about McGregor is that he’s always striving for more. He’s not interested in making it big and then slowing down. He is driven to constantly succeed.
“I'm not going to get somewhere and say, 'Okay, I'm done.' Success is never final; I'll just keep on going. The same way as failure never being fatal. Just keep going. I'm going to the stars and then past them.”
Where there is success, there is money and that means traveling in style. There are women out there that would love to travel all the time in private jets, drinking sparkly as they take off. When they see a man like this, they want a piece of the action.
10 Men: He Says And Does Whatever He Wants
Conor McGregor is one MMA fighter that really doesn’t care what anyone thinks of him. He is constantly making a spectacle of himself during press concerts or just out in public. He has pissed off Dana White on more than one occasion because of his theatrics and you think he’d be worried, but he isn’t. Some people are waiting to see if his mouth or his behavior is going to sink his career but it hasn’t happened yet. He certainly shocked many people when he threw a Dolley through the window of a bus that was carrying some fighters in it. It’s part of his tactics to getting the fights that he wants but many people wonder if he went too far this time. He was arrested and charged with one count of criminal mischief and three counts of assault. Not exactly what you want to have in your career. People want to know when he’s coming back to fight and White isn’t sure. “We’ll see. We’ll see what happens,” he told TMZ.
“He’s got to be punished by the law first. Let’s see what happens in New York.”
“We can’t really talk about when he wants to return,” McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy recently told Express Sport. “But he’s adamant he’s getting back.”
9 Women: He Parties On Yachts
Obviously, this is a big plus for anyone. Who wouldn’t want to party on style on a yacht? Conor McGregor doesn’t own one but he rented on after his fight with Floyd Mayweather. He took his family on vacation and they spent some time on a yacht. Women who love money are also going to want to hang out with a guy that spends time on a yacht. That’s why Leonardo DiCaprio has no problems finding girls because he spends a whole lot of time on yachts, plus he’s handsome, plus he’s Leonardo DiCaprio. While McGregor was on a yacht, he was also dreaming about bigger yachts. That’s the one thing about McGregor, he keeps dreaming bigger. Most people would be okay with renting a yacht and living that yacht life, but McGregor wants the mega-yacht he saw in Ibiza. He pretty much stalked the $360 million mega-yacht that showed up while he was on vacation.
"It's like something out of a bond film. Can't believe this just pull up."
It just motivated him to work harder. “That was a mad scene. I only posted 'race to the next yacht' two days ago and then this one pulls up right out my back garden. The biggest one of all. This is an eye-opening level of opulence to witness first hand. To me, it is truly motivating. I'm starting to think I don't have a wealth belly just yet. I'm more just rich fat now. I must keep eating. I wonder if my lunch is ready. Happy Tuesday."
8 Men: He’s Confident
Conor McGregor is definitely one cool cat and his confidence is something that men love because he seems fearless and powerful. Nobody gets away with dressing like this if he isn’t a confident guy. He’s done press conferences in outfits that are designer and way beyond anything we would expect from an MMA fighter. But he’s on another level you see and he’s not playing around anymore. “I guess I have a little bit of an ego. I'm confidently cocky, you might say.” That would be an understatement. That’s why he goes off on people during press conferences and goes after fighters on tour buses because he doesn't care and we think he truly believes that it’s the way to get the attention he needs to make it even bigger.
“I think it's an Irish thing. We don't really care. We say it as we mean it, and you have to deal with it. The truth is the truth.”
We can’t deny that it’s true, some Irishmen definitely can get rambunctious when they want to and they don’t have a problem with telling it like it is. Any guy out there that is cocky is going to relate to McGregor in a very basic way.
7 Women: He Loves His Son
Women love nothing more than to see a guy who adores his wife and his son. The problem is, they want that life for themselves so if they are crushing hard on a guy, it means stealing him away from his family. But it wouldn’t be the first time an everyday gal stole away a celebrity from their beautiful wives. Stealing away men like Ben Affleck and Jude Law as if they weren’t dating some of the most gorgeous and talented actresses in the world. When it comes to Conor MacGregor, this picture couldn’t be cuter because not only is he showing off his awesome fighter bod but he has a baby in tow as well. McGregor has made it pretty clear that he’s going to be teaching his son how to be a fighter as well and we’re not really surprised.
"I have a son now. When he grows up, I’m going to put him into sport. I believe sport is the best thing you can do. I’ve already begun training him. He’s already leaps and bounds ahead of schedule.”
Settle down there Conor, he’s still just a baby.
6 Men: Conor McGregor Is Barbaric
For any guy that’s ever watched the movie 300 and loved it, those are the guys that love condor McGregor because he’s barbaric. They call him the “Barbaric Gentleman” and he’s one of the most famous Irishmen out there. He’s likely never going to stop belittling his opponents in press conferences because that’s just what he knows. He’s from the Old Country and they don’t mess around there. McGregor said,
“We come bulletproof in Ireland, We're reared tough and we fight. We've been fighting all our lives, and we are not shy about speaking our minds, so it couldn't be more perfect.”
He’s definitely in the right place for that kind of attitude. For such a short guy, he packs a whole lot into his punches and he makes up for it in attitude. "I'm just being myself," he adds. "When you're faced with an opponent, the media asks the questions and I answer truthfully. I don't hold back. The thing about the truth is, not a lot of people can handle it. I think it's an Irish thing. We don't really care. We say it as we mean it and you have to deal with it. The truth is the truth."
5 Women: He’s Easy On The Eyes
If you are hired as a model for an event for Conor McGregor, usually, it’s your job to give him attention and just be eye candy at the party. It sure doesn’t hurt to do those things when you’re dealing with a good-looking Irishman. Even everyday women who are just watching his fights at home on their TV can appreciate that Conor McGregor is a good-looking guy. He has a nice body and he has a rugged manliness about him that women appreciate. He may be cute, but we’re not entirely sure that he gets women, so he may not be boyfriend material. He totally missed the point of International Women’s Day when he made this post on Instagram, “Happy International Women's day everyone! Get your tits out for the lads ladies. We love you. I am made of granite. You need a bra. You jabbed up fool.” He sure outraged feminists that day and we can’t really blame them. We’re pretty sure he wanted to turn it into International Men’s Day because he totally missed the point.
4 Men: He’s Sentimental When It Comes to His Family
All men get sentimental when they think about their families. They are close to their father and grandparents and those relationships often shape the way that men live their lives. As tough and cocky as Conor McGregor is, he’s a big softie when it comes to his family. Many people think that fame has gotten to McGregor’s head but that idea usually disappears when we realize that he keeps an old hat from his grandfather in his fighter bag. It travels with him wherever he goes and he has said that it’s a reminder of the journey that he’s been on. He keeps it as a reminder of where he came from and how far he’s come from that. “He died and left a few things and one of the things he used to always wear was these hats.
I've had it 10 years I'd say and it's been in every gear bag, I just bought a new bag so will transfer it over. Sometimes I forget it's even in there but it's been in every single bag for the past 10 years.”
It goes to show what a good heart he has.
3 Women: He’s A Sweet Talker
Sometimes Conor McGregor can put his foot in his mouth at times but for the most part, he’s a sweet talker when it comes to the ladies. That’s why he had Jennifer Lopez screaming out his name at the birthday party and Rita Ora practically drooling all over herself. He knows how to talk to the ladies and he comes across as very charming. No wonder he wooed his beautiful girlfriend Dee Devlin. When it comes to life though McGregor knows what he’s doing and he seems to have a plan for everything. He doesn’t care what people think of him or the rumors going around about him.
“I see fighters make funny videos about me and stick them on Facebook and get 20 likes. When I make a video, I sell it to Fox and make seven figures. That's the difference.”
Women can’t help but be attracted to someone that has that kind of inner strength and someone who is oozing confidence. It’s something that is attractive for both men and women. “I am in the fighting game. I don't care about anything else. I don't watch the news, I don't care about politics, I don't care about other sports. I don't care about anything I don't need to care about. This is my sport: it is my life. I study it; I think about it all the time. Nothing else matters.”
2 Men: They Love What A Warrior He Is
You definitely don’t get to be where Conor McGregor is without being a true warrior at heart. That’s how a lot of fighters win their battles. They do it with their heart, not with their fists. Fans love Conor because he is a warrior and they see that in the ring and out of it. Conor has always believed in himself as a warrior and that’s why he has the fanbase that he does.
“My family's lineage, we are warriors. The McGregor clan, we are all warriors. We are famous all through the world for our fighting capabilities of all generations. So, I have no doubt that's stood to me and that led me down this path and gave me what I have.”
He’s killing it inside the ring and when he’s on the outside, he’s trying to break down his opponents mentally and we think that’s exactly what he was trying to do with the bus incident. Freak the other fighters out so that they would be scared of him. “You beat him verbally. You beat him mentally, and then finally, you beat him physically. That's the three ways to beat a man.”
1 Women: He’s On Top Of The World
Whether people love him or hate him, Conor doesn’t care because he’s on top of the world. He is out there in every way possible and he’s living his dreams. Women love being with a powerful man whether they were with him from the beginning or not. Being around power is addictive. Even before he became a star he used to drive around believing that he was already one.
"Everything I've been thinking, every vision, even down to every shot I throw, it just ends up here in reality," he swears. "Whether it was in a fight and how to react or whether it was in a stadium with screaming fans or whether I was in a fancy car or the best clothes ever, I always put myself somewhere. Even the car I was in.
A little thing that's shaking and there's smoke coming out, I'm driving along thinking it's a Ferrari soft top." It’s something that we have heard a lot about over the years by people like Oprah and Tony Robbins who tell us that we can have everything we want in life as long as we believe in it. It’s certainly working for Conor McGregor.