Though MMA is still a fairly young sport, it has had its fair share of big names that have had some mainstream appeal. Very few, however, have been as polarizing as Conor McGregor. Since making his UFC debut in 2013, McGregor has been nothing short of a whirlwind of domination and intrigue. The SBG Ireland talent sports an 8-1 UFC record, and a 20-3 record overall. Among his wins, McGregor has 17 knockouts, 2 decisions, and 1 submission for good measure. A former two-division Cage Warriors FC champion, McGregor has his eyes set on multi-division gold in the UFC.
He’s one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, and his name is on the tip of many fighters' tongue, and for good reason. McGregor is the biggest pay-per-view draw in the UFC, having headlined 3 separate pay-per-views that have eclipsed the 1 million buy mark. His drawing power has shown that he is one of the few genuine superstars on the promotion’s roster. Having vanquished the featherweight division, the 145 pound king has left a trail of battered foes behind him on his path to glory.
But it’s not just the wins that are impressive; it’s the violently spectacular way in which he has executed them. From a 4 second drubbing of a lesser foe, to a 5 round classic, McGregor’s resume is as impressive as they come. Let’s take a look back at the career of the “Notorious” one, as we list the top 15 most brutal Conor McGregor victories.
15 Conor McGregor vs Aaron Jahnsen – Cage Warriors - Fight Night 2
14 Conor McGregor vs Connor Dillon – Chaos FC 7
13 Conor McGregor vs Dustin Poirier – UFC 178
12 Conor McGregor vs Ivan Buchinger – Cage Warriors FC 51
11 Conor McGregor vs Diego Brandao – UFC Fight Night – McGregor vs. Brandao
10 Conor McGregor vs Hugh Brady – Chaos FC 8
9 Conor McGregor vs Steve O’Keefe – Cage Warriors FC 45
8 Conor McGregor vs Marcus Brimage – UFC on Fuel TV: Mousasi vs Latifi
7 Conor McGregor vs Mike Wood – Cage Contender 8
6 Conor McGregor vs Dennis Siver – UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Siver
5 Conor McGregor vs Mo Taylor – Cage Rage Contenders – Ireland vs. Belgium
4 Conor McGregor vs Paddy Doherty – Immortal Fighting Championship 4
3 Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo – UFC 194
2 Conor McGregor vs Chad Mendes – UFC 189
1 Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz 2 – UFC 202
Having fallen to Diaz in their first meeting, Conor McGregor was out to prove that he was the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. The rematch was to take place at UFC 200, but, due to McGregor not wanting to do a press tour in order to prepare, the fight was scrapped, and moved to 202. The pre-fight hype did not disappoint, as the men engaged in a verbal warfare that made this one of the most anticipated fights in UFC history. The first 2 rounds saw McGregor drop Diaz several times, as he continually beat his foe to the punch. Diaz was being soundly out-boxed, an area in which he prides himself. However, in a mirror image of their first encounter, McGregor appeared to slow, and Diaz stepped it up and began to put it on McGregor. Both men were a bloodied mess, and the final 2 rounds came down to sheer will power. A true war of attrition. McGregor’s hand was raised in victory, and this instant classic made it to number one on our list.
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