He’s been known for his savage knockout power, his immeasurable ego and his brazen attitude. Conor “The Notorious” McGregor’s punch has placed him on the fast track to UFC stardom.
The renowned fighter has come a long way from his small town in Ireland to become the UFC’s World Champion in Las Vegas, USA. He’s infamous for his uncensored interviews and reigning alter ego.
We figured all this audacious trash-talking may have you wondering who is this guy that’s set to be the next UFC superstar?
In his defence he did defeat Jose Aldo in just over 10 seconds and walk away with $7 million. Now he is one of the highest paid MMA fighters in the world – a dark contrast to his days cashing in on social welfare checks.
Conor McGregor may be well known across the world for his unapologetic attitude and knockout power, but we decided to reveal a few surprising facts that you may not know about the 27-year-old UFC star.
11 He Was Asked To Be A Villain In A James Bond Movie
10 He’s A Mama’s Boy
Conor McGregor revealed he does have a softer side as he is a self-confessed Mama’s Boy. Mom to the UFC star, Margaret McGregor supported her son from the early days in Ireland to his UFC interim belt win in sunny Las Vegas. She has played a big role in helping McGregor pursue his career and go on to become one of the best featherweights the world has ever seen.
9 9. He Calls His Alter Ego Mystic Mac
8 McGregor Aids and Abets Autograph Seekers
It all began with McGregor’s rise to fame and the build up to the UFC Fight Night in Boston back in 2015. The UFC star was greeted by a large crowd of fans. Amongst the crowd were a select group of autograph seekers who weren’t just there to snap a selfie. They set out to obtain a signature or signed item or two which they could then resell for a profit. Conor McGregor is fully aware and supports them regardless. He can be seen interacting with fans on a recent episode of the UFC’s “Embedded” series on YouTube.
7 He Used To Be Bullied
6 Conor McGregor Loves his Food
Would it surprise you to hear McGregor’s least favourite part of fighting is the diet? The UFC fighter is a strong opponent and has to stay in his elite shape in order to perform at the high level that he does. Unbeknownst to us, their weight is more crucial to their athletic endeavours than any other sport in the world. McGregor’s routine includes rigorous training sessions, daily workouts and calorie counting. “I look forward to the day when I’m old and able to eat what I want. I’ll be a little happy fat guy,” McGregor said. We’re not sure Mystic Mac approves…
5 5. He Wanted To Became A Professional Footballer
4 Used To Be A Plumber
3 He Loves Looking Good
2 He’s Sentimental
1 He Was On Welfare
We’d hate to say that Conor McGregor is a stereotypical rag to riches story but the young UFC champion went from receiving welfare to a UFC featherweight title fight in just seven days. He’s gone from collecting social welfare to collecting designer suits. The week before his first UFC fight the former plumber collected a welfare check which was valued at just €180. Fast forward one week and he collected a check of US$60,000 after winning Fight of The Night. McGregor once told his parents that he would become a millionaire by the age of 25. It may have taken him two more years to reach his goal but at the age of 27 he is one of the highest paid fighters of his time.
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