Conor McGregor is moving fast. He is a celebrity athlete that has gone from 0 to 60 in less than a few seconds. I’m sure that this time last year a lot of people didn’t know who Conor McGregor was. Now, the Irish-born professional mixed martial artist and boxer is a huge household name, thanks to his style, his talent, his fighting record and of course, his eccentric personality. In other words, his fans absolutely love him. Follow him on Instagram and you could see the huge fanbase he has amassed in the past year.
As most people know, Conor started his professional boxing career in 2017. In his debut match he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in what a lot of people called the fight of the year. He was defeated by a technical knockout. Still, a lot of people gave him credit for fighting the big fight even though most critics knew that a mixed martial artist wouldn’t stand a chance in the ring with a real boxer. Still, he is fast becoming a legend. Some people call him The Notorious, and his wild attitude and tough guy exterior definitely add to that. Other people call him the Mystic Mac. And while he might seem very transparent, there are a lot of things that people simply don’t know about Conor McGregor. Here are 15 photos and 15 things that Conor doesn’t want people to know about him. Check it out below.
15 His Childhood
It didn’t take Conor McGregor very long to develop a love for boxing. He began when he was just 12 years old. Born and raised near Dublin, Ireland, Conor began boxing at the Crumlin Boxing Club. His coach was two-time Olympian Phil Sutcliffe. Even before he was a teenager, he was very strong. And he also loved to fight.
Conor also knew that in order to be the greatest, he had to put in a lot of hard work in at the gym. He once said in an interview, “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.” He likes to act like the tough guy who is above it all, but he worked hard and for a long time to get to where he is today.
14 His Personal Life
Conor is very close with his two sisters, Erin and Aoife. He’s also been in a relationship with his long-time girlfriend, Dee Devlin. Even though they’ve been together since 2008, they have no plans to get married anytime soon. Dee gave birth to Conor’s first child, Conor Jack McGregor Jr., back in May of 2017.
A lot of people say that Conor’s family takes advantage of him financially, but he doesn’t see it this way. He is just a man that is living out his dream and is very dedicated to his family. Plus, he’s got a big heart. He gives whenever he can. Conor once said, “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.” He might not want us to know that he is a big softie, but he really is.
13 His Background
Reports indicate that Conor McGregor struggled during most of his childhood and early adulthood. There are even reports that indicate Conor was homeless before he met his girlfriend Dee back in 2008 (although some people say that it is a made-up lie to make his story look better). Yet, Conor admits that he did have a violent ancestry and that he comes from a long line of warriors. He credits his past for helping to get him where he is today.
He once said in an interview, “My family's lineage, we are warriors. The McGregor clan, we are warriors all through. 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.”
12 The Native Son
It’s without a doubt that Conor McGregor is the biggest name to come out of Ireland this year. He’s fast becoming a legend and as a matter of fact, a lot of people even call him Ireland’s new native son. His home country is proud of him and all the hard work he has put in to get where he is today. Of course, it also took him a lot of blood, sweat and tears in the process, too.
Conor puts it this way: “I believe in believing. My coach John Kavanagh is a big atheist, and he is always trying to persuade people to his way of thinking, and I think, 'What a waste of energy.' If people want to believe in this god or that god, that's fine by me; believe away. But I think we can be our own gods. I believe in myself.”
11 The First Irish Fighter
Believe it or not, Conor McGregor is the first Irish man to ever join the UFC. But then again, anyone who knows him knows that he’s been getting into fights his entire life. And after each fist fight, he would always analyze his moves right after they happened. He wanted to perfect his craft, if we can even call it that.
According to Conor, one of the worst fights he ever got into was with another guy over a girl. He liked one of the girls in his class, but unfortunately she had a boyfriend. The boyfriend was pretty jealous and it didn’t take long for him and his friends to jump on Conor. They left him both bruised and battered. The horrible experience had actually motivated Conor to learn how to fight with martial arts. Needless to say, it’s doubtful those guys would try and kick his butt today.
10 He’s Against Bullying
Yes, Conor McGregor fights for a living. That’s how he makes his paychecks. But believe it or not, Conor is also a huge anti-bullying advocate. He actually spends a lot of time speaking to school children in his native Ireland about the important of non-violence. I know that for a lot of critics it might sound ironic, but it’s one of Conor’s biggest passions. He loves to reach out the kids and teach them the importance of respecting one another.
Plus, if there’s one person who knows a thing or two about bullying, it’s Conor. He’s endured his fair share of it. He once said, “People like to blame others. I think a person should just look at their own situation, look around them, find out what they wish to do, and seek and go and do that. And that's it.”
9 The Ring Of Truth
Conor McGregor was first discovered when he fought at a match called the Irish Ring of Truth. It was back in 2007 and it was just first amateur fight in front of an audience. It didn’t take very long for the event’s sponsors and organizers to notice Conor and his talent. They were so impressed with his moves that they offered him a sponsorship deal. And the rest as they say is history.
Conor says that he feels very fortunate to be where he is today. And he doesn’t have any plans to stop anytime soon. He knows he’s going places. He says, “I'm just a kid that defied the odds. I'm just a kid that ignored the doubt. I'm just a kid from a little place in Dublin, Ireland, that went all the way, and I'm going to continue to go all the way.”
8 Is He Arrogant?
7 His Flashy Style
6 You Never Know What To Expect From Him
Believe it or not, Conor has only lost three fights during his entire career. Yes, you read that right. His current record is 21 to 3, not counting his Floyd Mayweather fight. One of his biggest losses was only his third fight in his career. He was so devastated by the loss, that he almost wanted to quit MMA fighting altogether. Thankfully, he stuck with it. That’s because his coaches had to step in and encourage him to continue fighting. It’s not that he’s a sore loser. It’s just that he’s really hard on himself.
Conor explains it like this: “My unpredictability is what separates me. If you move in so many ways, your opponent is not focused on what he's doing. He's focusing in on what you're doing, and it freezes him. When they freeze and you hit, they shatter like glass.”
5 His UFC Contract
When it comes to Conor McGregor, a lot of people can say that his success is partially due to his hard work and partially due to his good luck. While this is definitely debatable, Conor will tell you that he deserves all the credit he can get because if it weren’t for his dedication to perfecting his craft, he wouldn’t be where he is today. Yes, we agree that it’s true but at the same time, he’s also gotten the help from a little word of mouth, too.
As a matter of fact, back in 2013 UFC President Dana White gave Conor McGregor a contract without even contacting him. Heck, he didn’t even see him fight. He just happened to be in Dublin, Ireland on vacation and everywhere he went, people were talking about how great Conor was in the ring. And as they say, the rest was history.
4 All Of His Smack Talking
Conor thinks big, he acts big, he fights big and he sure talks big, too. In fact, Conor has a reputation for being quite a smack talker. He barks and bites at the same time. He loves to get into his opponents faces and smack talk them right before a fight. The way he sees it, he likes to “beat them verbally.” He talks so much that he doesn’t even let his opponents open their mouths. It’s a mental and emotional strategy that seems to be working well for him because like we said about, he is a nearly undefeated champion.
Some people call it unnecessary, others say that it is part of his intimidation technique. Either way, the guy knows what he’s doing. He’s a millionaire for a good reason, right?
3 He Knows Where He Comes From
If there’s one thing that is very important to Conor McGregor (other than his family), it’s his roots. He never forgets where he came from, his past, his roots and of course, the people who have helped him get to where he is today.
For the longest time Conor used to wear his grandfather’s hat during press conferences. He didn’t wear it as a good luck charm or for any superstitious reason. Instead, Conor wore it because it reminded him of his strong Irish roots. Unfortunately, the hat was stolen from his car back in 2014. No one knows if it was from a deranged fan, a competitor, or just a thief who was looking to cash in on something that night. Either way, Conor has tried everything in his power to get that hat back.
2 Everything He Does Is For A Reason
Conor’s success wasn’t an accident. Everything he does is for a good reason. But if there’s one thing that he’s been consistent about, it’s being a hard worker. Before Conor became a professional fighter, he worked as a plumber in Ireland. That’s right. Before he did all of his trash talking… well, we will let you finish the rest of that sentence. But I am sure you know what we are talking about.
Conor has said in the past, “Everything I've been thinking, every vision, even down to every shot I throw, it just ends up here in reality. 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.”
1 What’s Next For Conor McGregor?
A lot of people have called Conor McGregor the new Muhammad Ali of the boxing and MMA world, although it’s not just because he’s an overly self-confident trash talker who likes to beat people down before he even gets in the ring. It’s because he is changing the way people look at the sport. Some would even say that he is one of the biggest personalities that the boxing world has seen in decades.
And while Conor himself has denied the comparison, he does admit that he is a huge Muhammad Ali fan. And he also admits that he’s just started and that he’s got plenty of surprises for the future. He might be an overnight success, but he’s also got what it takes to be a long-term successful athlete, too.
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