Former dual-weight UFC champion Conor McGregor celebrated a major anniversary earlier this week – one that will have gone unnoticed by most MMA followers.
Earlier than he grew to become the largest star within the historical past of the game, McGregor made a reputation for himself in Cage Warriors by profitable belts at featherweight and light-weight, as he later did within the UFC.
The primary of his Cage Warriors title wins got here 10 years in the past.
On June 2, 2012, ‘Infamous’ dominated Dave Hill (12-4) in entrance of a raucous Dublin crowd, earlier than in the end taking the combat to the mat and selecting up a second-round submission win to turn out to be the featherweight champion.
McGregor proved that he was already a celebrity when he jumped the cage and commenced celebrating together with his followers in scenes that the Cage Warriors commentator mentioned had been not like something he’s ever seen earlier than.
Later that 12 months, McGregor went viral when he knocked out Ivan Buchinger with one punch to turn out to be a dual-weight Cage Warriors champion and earn his shot within the UFC.
What adopted was a meteoric rise that’s unlikely to be seen ever once more.
‘Mystic Mac’ ran by the UFC featherweight division beating the likes of Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier earlier than incomes a title shot and knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to assert the belt.
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After that, McGregor after all seemed to duplicate his Cage Warriors double champ achievement within the UFC and did so in an exemplary style when he confronted Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in 2016, stopping him inside two rounds.
A mega-money boxing match with Floyd Mayweather adopted and since then McGregor has established himself as one of many richest athletes in sports activities, topping the Forbes Wealthy Record in 2021.
Lately, McGregor has struggled for kind contained in the Octagon, however he’s assured he’ll proceed to make historical past when he returns from damage later this 12 months.
The UFC legend suffered a fractured tibia and fibula in July 2021 and is at present working his method to full health ever since.
McGregor intends to compete at welterweight shifting ahead and hopes to safe a combat with 170lb champion Kamaru Usman and turn out to be the primary three-weight champion in UFC historical past.
Though centered on his combating future, McGregor did take a while out to mirror on his first title win 10 years on, posting footage from the combat with Hill on social media.