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Conor McGregor is an Irish mixed martial artist, born in 1988. He has primarily competed in the featherweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

6 Jun, 2020

Retires ‘from fighting’

Retirement

McGregor announces his officical retirement from UFC.

Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from fighting.

22 Aug, 2019

McGregor: ‘I was in the wrong’

Apology

McGregor speaks about his attack on an elderly drinker in a pub and  says watching video was ‘like a dagger to the heart’ and that he needs to make amends.

That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did…I will face this head on. I will not hide from it. I was in the wrong. It was completely unacceptable behaviour for a man in my position…I owe it to the people who trained me in martial arts – and it is not the reason I got into martial arts …was to defend against that kind of scenario. I have been making steps to do better and be better to see it is like a dagger into my heart as a martial artist.

26 Mar, 2019

Announces retirement from MMA

Retirement

McGregor tweets what appears to be a retirement announcement:

Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!

15 Nov, 2018

Apologises for running out of whiskey

Apology

McGregor apologises for running out of his Proper No.Twelve whiskey. The company say they have “sold more cases in less than one month than many whiskey brands sell in a full year”, claiming hundreds of thousands of bottles sold. McGregor says he is sorry for the worldwide shortage and is personally making sure the company is ramping up production.

I don’t usually see reason to apologise but in this case I want to take this chance to apologise to absolutely everyone for our out-of-stock situation. I was at the distillery last week and we have plans in place to be back in stock in Ireland and the United States in early December and onward. We are producing many hundreds of thousands of bottles now.

21 Oct, 2018

McGregor visits Taylor after her titles victory

Makes StatementMeeting

McGregor was ringside in Boston to watch compatriot Taylor successfully defend her world titles. He then visits Taylor in her dressing room where he praises the WBA and IBF champion.

It is an honour to see you live. Big respect Katie, honestly. You were enjoying it; hand behind your back. But they should have given you a microphone [after you won]. You are a special talent.

6 Oct, 2018

Nurmagomedov apologises at post fight press conference

Apology

At the press conference following McGregor’s defeat by Nurmagomedov and the chaos that ensued, Nurmagomedov says Russian president Vladimir Putin called to congratulate him, and he apologises to the commission.

First of all I want to say sorry to the athletic commission and second to Vegas. This is my bad side…I’m human being. I don’t understand how people can talk about (how) I jump over the cage…He talk about my religion, he talk about my country. He talk about my father. He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus. He almost kill a couple of people. What about this shit?…My father teach me you have to always be respectful… You can not talk about religion. You can not talk about nation…I know my father going to smash me when I go home.

Post-fight chaos: Nurmagomedov brawls in crowd, McGregor attacked in octagon

Fight

The biggest fight in UFC history ends in chaotic scenes in Las Vegas.

After defeating Mcgregor with a submission, Nurmagomedov leaps over the cage to attack McGregor’s team-mate Danis, sparking a fight. One of the Russian’s entourage then stormed the octagon to punch the prone McGregor in the back of the head in front of 18,000 frenzied spectators, including Hollywood stars such as Mel Gibson.

Both fighters were led away and there was no belt presentation but the ring announcer declared Nurmaomedov the winner, prompting a chorus of boos from the crowd. The Nevada State Athletic commission have withheld Khabib’s $2million pay-check after reviewing footage but decided to award McGregor’s $3million. Three of Nurmagomedov’s team were initially arrested, but McGregor didn’t want to press charges so they were later released.

 

3 Oct, 2018

Finger injury ahead of fight

Personal Injury/Fall

McGregor reveals he got a tooth embedded in his finger during training for his fight with Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

I was sparring a 90kg fighter, Ion Pascu, they call him the bomber. Like me, he sometimes spars with no gumshield…I smacked him with a clean shot, and his tooth embedded into my knuckle. Welcome to the fight game, the real fight game. You’ve got to get in and do it, it is what it is.

28 Sep, 2018

Secretly donates €10,000 to help sick child

Donation

McGregor makes an anonymous €10,000 donation to help Irish boy, Bryan Buckley, 5, in his battle with sepsis. McGregor donated the money to Grainne McCullough for the care of her son Bryan, nicknamed Bru. Last September, Bru went into septic shock and was left on life support requiring dialysis, blood transfusions and platelets. Grainne set up a Gofundme page in the hope of raising €10,000 for her son’s care. She says:

Conor has made our dreams come true in so many ways, and I can verify it wasn’t for a publicity stunt, he privately donated to us, I just had to let him know how much we appreciate it.

 

10 Jul, 2018

McGregor given sculpture for 30th birthday

Donation

McGregor is gifted a hyper-realistic sculpture of himself, valued at £50,000, by Lithuanian-born sculptor Aspencrow, who spent five months handcrafting the 100kg sculpture from photographs alone. The artist, who has not met McGregor in person, says he knows the fighter has accepted the gift through a mutual friend. The sculpture, entitled Atlas, will be unveiled at London’s JD Malat Gallery on 14 July, McGregor’s 30th birthday.

It is an honour Conor has accepted this as a gift from me. He is a phenomenon of our time – not just a smart athlete, but also a visionary…It’s up to you what you see in it. You can see him as a prisoner, or a God, or just as a person…I like Conor McGregor – he’s a great guy…I feel he’s my soulmate. Some of the decisions he makes might not be correct, but none of us are ideal.

17 May, 2018

Buys £1.3m villa in Marbella

Home purchase/sale

McGregor buys £1.3m luxury villa in Marbella complete with customised gym, outdoor pool and LED driveway. The luxury home is one of 11 bespoke villas which sit on the La Resina country club estate. It has uninterrupted views of the Mediterranean Sea and the coastline of Africa, floor to ceiling windows, and even the bathrooms have views of the sea. The villa comes with all the latest smart home technology and boasts a wine cellar and an elevator.

16 Apr, 2018

McGregor ‘wants Nurmagomedov fight no matter what it takes’

Rumor/unconfirmed

The Irish Sun reports a source close to McGregor’s camp saying McGregor is desperate to fight Nurmagomedov. The source also says McGregor is ready to pass up on a potential UFC record payday and is willing to do all it takes to make up with UFC boss White, after his Brooklyn arrest. Source:

Conor is trying to do everything he possibly can to get back into the cage and wants Khabib no matter what it takes. He has never wanted a fight so much. He doesn’t care about the money for once, he just wants to get this guy one on one as he feels this whole situation was caused by him and he wants to make him pay. He would take this fight on for peanuts, he wants to make it happen.

5 Apr, 2018

McGregor attacks UFC bus, injures Chiesa

Fight

McGregor crashes UFC 222 Media Day, held at Barclays Center in New York City, an event intended to promote the upcoming lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway. McGregor, along with a group of men, chases after a coach carrying a number of UFC fighters, including Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor takes a dolly from the side of the garage and throws it at the coach, breaking a window. Chiesa suffers cuts from broken glass. Chiesa’s coach:

Conor went bananas and put a beating on the van that we were in looking for Khabib. A million security guards had to restrain him. Mike’s cut up now. He’s got marks on him, for sure. I don’t think it’s too serious.

29 Nov, 2017

Report: McGregor punched gangster’s associate

Rumor/unconfirmed

Reports say a 50-year-old man who is an associate of the Kinahan cartel but is not involved in criminality himself, stepped in to intervene after McGregor hit another man with ‘one punch’ to the head. The Kinahan crime gang, which is believed to be the country’s largest importer of cocaine, are headed by the ‘Dapper Don’ Christy Kinahan and his son Daniel. McGregor also punched a third man during the incident before he was escorted out of the pub and into a car. Senior security sources:

No – one wants to see one of Ireland’s most high-profile sports celebrities – and icon to kids all over Ireland –dragged into a bitter row involving serious criminals. There is a possibility that the cartel might now get involved to stop anyone escalating further. Conor McGregor is well liked and respected.

28 Nov, 2017

Irish police ‘aware’ of McGregor brawl claims

Fight

Irish police say they are aware of claims that McGregor was involved in a pub brawl at The Black Forge Inn in the Dublin suburb of Crumlin. According to witnesses, the  involved the sports star, a young man, a man in his 50s and a fourth man.  A Gardai spokesman said there were no incidents reported in the area on Sunday night, and therefore they did not have a comment:

There is no report on this matter and no complaint from any injured parties, patrons of the pub or the pub itself and no statements were taken.

10 Oct, 2017

McGregor ‘in talks over WWE debut’ at Wrestlemania 2018

Rumor/unconfirmed

McGregor is reportedly in talks with the WWE to make n appearance at Wrestlemania, in April 2018. Source:

Conor is a huge wrestling fan. His entire persona on stage he has developed from watching performers like Ric Flair and The Rock. These are the top dogs at self-promotion and trash talk. He watched these guys when he was younger. This is something he’s always wanted to do. The WWE guys have asked him to do shows before with them, but the timing was never really right. But this time it looks like a deal is going to be locked into place.

Stephanie McMahon hinted at the news as she praised McGregor and insisted he would do well in the wrestling ring.

I think Conor would be a perfect fit for WWE. He certainly has the personality, the athletic ability, the appeal. He speaks his mind, he is very genuine and authentic and he has a hell of a Vince McMahon swagger.

3 Oct, 2017

McGregor has drink thrown over him ‘by Rangers fan’ after he sings Celtic chant in Glasgow

Fight

McGregor has a drink thrown on him by an angry Rangers fan after leading a Celtic chant during an Evening with Conor McGregor event in Glasgow. During his introduction on stage, McGregor starts shouting:

What’s up Glasgow Celtic? The only football club around here we’re talking about. Glasgow is green and white!

This was greeted largely by cheers, but also a few boos, before he shouted ‘where’s Rangers at?’ in an attempt to placate the blue half of the city. He then began to chant:

There’s only one team in Glasgow. There’s only one team in Glasgow. Walking along, singing a song, walking in a Celtic wonderland.

McGregor then found himself doused in liquid, presumably from an unhappy Rangers fan.

2 Sep, 2017

Mayweather tried to place £310,000 bet on McGregor fight but walked away after being made to wait

Places bet

According to ESPN, Mayweather approached a sports betting vendor in Las Vegas around 3.30pm – just hours before the main event – and tried to stake around £310,000 on the fight ending inside 9.5 rounds. The odds were 1/2, meaning he would have make a £155,000 profit, but the bet was not placed. Concerns over the legality of a fighter betting on anything other than a straight win reportedly caused a delay. He then tried to bet on himself to win by knockout but was again frustrated by the delay and left without staking any money. Source:

He was p*ssed.

26 Aug, 2017

McGregor’s Irish fans take over Las Vegas

Fan Story

Ahead of McGregor’s fight with Mayweather, Irish fans crowd the streets and bars of Las Vegas. Fan:

The tickets were costly. We’ll probably have to starve for a couple of months but it was worth it. We’re here for Conor because we know he’s going to do it and we’re here to celebrate afterwards. I couldn’t get off work but I told them I have to get it off, I have to come here to support him.

Another fan:

My head says Mayweather, my heart says McGregor. If [Conor] hits him with one, he might finish him. I’m just here for a good time. We’re here on vacation and we happened to be here for the fight by chance. Just soaking in the atmosphere and the sun, having a good time.”

25 Aug, 2017

Notorious Airways flies 32 passengers to Las Vegas

Donation

McGregor and Betsafe fly 32 of McGregor’s entourage 5634 miles, to Las Vegas from Stanstead Airport, in a specially decked-out private jet. Passengers include Eddie Hearn, Tony Bellew, Jimi Mannuwa, as well as two members of SBG gym, who were surprised by McGregor with a free trip. Passengers receive a bespoke breakfast, lunch and dinner menus; an iPad full of films; and an in-flight safety video from McGregor.

Bellew: ‘There’s not a chance in hell that McGregor needs just one punch’

Makes StatementWrites Article

Boxing champion Tony Bellew writes that McGregor will need multiple effective techniques to beat Mayweather.

The only way I can see Conor McGregor causing trouble is if he jumps on Floyd Mayweather, non-stop punching. That is the only slither of a case I can make for a McGregor win. But, how long could he keep doing that before he gets countered? Getting close in the boxing ring and octagon is completely different. When you get close in the octagon you’re allowed to hit and hold…Looking at the Paulie Malignaggi clips, it looks like McGregor was using a lot of slaps and uppercuts on the inside – that’s not going to work. Mayweather will tuck up and come back fast and vicious. A counter left hook would smash into McGregor’s temple…And on that Malignaggi ‘knockdown’ – it doesn’t matter anyway. That’s sparring…The gym does not mean anything. It gets you ready for when you’re under the lights, that’s it…His punch looked good, straight with some power. But listen, Mayweather is the best ever and McGregor was found out against Nate Diaz in stand-up…Diaz did not stop McGregor on the floor. Yeah, he choked him out, but he got him to the floor by consistently punching him in the face…Are you trying to tell me Conor McGregor hits harder than Alvarez, than Shane Mosley, than De la Hoya, than Hatton – the list is endless. There’s not a chance in hell that McGregor needs just one punch.

20 Aug, 2017

McGregor gives two fans surprise VIP trip to Las Vegas for Mayweather fight

Donation

McGregor surprises Lee Hammond, an up-and-coming amateur fighter, and Sergey Pikulskiy, a wrestling coach, who are both members of McGregor’s Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, with a VIP trip to Las Vegas to watch the Mayweather fight. The two of them thought they were at the gym to record ‘good luck’ messages for McGregor with his new sponsor, Betsafe, but once they had been filmed giving their support, they were shown a clip which contained a message from McGregor to them. ‘Notorious Airways’ has been created by Conor McGregor and Betsafe, as a program to fly a small selection of lucky attendees to the fight.

Congratulations to Lee Hammond and Sergey Pikulskiy of Straight Blast Gym – you get to fly on my personal private jet to Las Vegas to witness my fight on August 26th. Congratulations boys and I will see you there.

25 Jul, 2017

Nevada punter places $150K for McGregor to beat Mayweather

Places bet

Bookmakers are reporting large bets coming in for McGregor, which are improving his odds. For example, a Nevada bet was placed for $150,000 for McGregor to win. McGregor is now running at a low of +375 while Mayweather’s favorite status has dipped to -550 (84% win probability). When odds opened for the fight, Mayweather was widely available as a -2250 favorite, which implies a win probability of 96 percent over +950 underdog McGregor. At those initial lines, a $100 winning bet on Mayweather would receive a $4.44 payoff; a $100 bet on McGregor, meanwhile, would have a payoff of $950. Reports indicate that many bets in McGregor’s favor are being placed by casual betters:

At Caesars Palace sportsbooks, 140 of the first 144 bets were on McGregor, who was paying back around 5-1. Almost all of the early action was small and placed by recreational bettors. One sportsbook manager described it as ‘square-a-palooza.’

19 Jul, 2017

McGregor-Mayweather betting to surpass Superbowl

Places bet

A sports book manager at Bovada.lv says the McGregor-Mayweather fight is trending to surpass the money laid down on this year’s Superbowl. McGregor’s odds to win have halved since the fight was announced, though Mayweather still remains the bookie’s favourite.

We knew this fight would be big, potentially even bigger than the Super Bowl, but now we are almost certain it will be. The recent trash talking and promotional tour is only encouraging bets and at this rate we cannot even imagine how much we will take on it. One thing is for sure though, we will need Mayweather huge. A McGregor early round KO as he promised would be a potential disaster and is partly a reason we are giving a great price on Mayweather at the moment.

23 Jun, 2017

92% of Irish bets are for McGregor to win

Places bet

PaddyPower reports that 92 per cent of bets that have been placed in Ireland on the McGregor-Mayweather fight have been for McGregor to win. The unexpected support at the bookies has prompted Paddy Power to cut McGregor’s outsider odds from 13/2 to 4/1 in recent days:

Given the nature of the betting, we’d be left more battered and bruised than any of the Dubliner’s previous opponents should he upset the odds.

Bookies are also offering bets on whether Sinead O’Connor’s will sing The Foggy Dew (5-2) and whether McGregor will do the Billionaire Strut (1-2), if Mayweather will win in a first round KO (33-1), McGregor will be disqualified for kicking (10-1), and whether his next fight is with a bear (100-1), Hulk Hogan (500-1) or UFC lightweight title rivals Khabib Nurmagomedov (6-4) or Tony Ferguson (6-1).

22 Jun, 2017

Kavanagh: ‘We’re looking forward to shocking the world’

Writes Article

In an article for The42, Coach Kavanagh gives his thoughts on the McGregor-Mayweather fight.

On one of my first trips to Las Vegas with Conor McGregor, probably back in 2014, I recall him mentioning the possibility of a fight against Floyd Mayweather. I stopped doubting him a long time ago at this stage, but I remember at the time laughing it off as nothing more than a novel idea that could never possibly become a reality. Now here we are and it’s just over nine weeks away…We’re in the midst of three good weeks of training here in Ireland, before departing for Las Vegas in mid-July. I believe there will be quite a large media world tour squeezed in there as well.

He talks about the mural:

I wanted to put something suitable on the wall because Conor is a big believer in visualisation and manifesting what you can conceive into reality. That’s the shot we believe will win the fight for Conor and it’s now there for us to see whenever we train.

On strategy:

Mayweather has been in the boxing world for his entire career and everyone he’s faced has moved in a certain way that he’s pre-conditioned to handle. Now he’s going up against a guy who doesn’t follow any set patterns, who can deploy a variety of different styles of fighting and is not one bit intimidated. Conor is — as we all are here — 100% confident in victory. That kind of person is very difficult to deal with…We’re not going over to Las Vegas to make up the numbers on 26 August. When this contest takes place, we’ll be 100% ready — physically and mentally — and nothing other than victory will be acceptable. We’re looking forward to shocking the world — again.

20 Jun, 2017

King: Conor McGregor is a racist bigot

Writes Article

In an op-ed in The New York Daily News, Sean King, a Black Lives Matter activist who has come under criticism from some who say he is a white person posing as a person of color, calls McGregor a bigot.

Mayweather and McGregor’s feud was fueled in part by racism. After Mayweather complained in January 2016 that McGregor got favorable treatment because he is white, McGregor responded, “don’t ever bring my race into my success again,” and wrote how Irish people have been “oppressed our entire existence.”…Leading up to his 2015 match against Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo, McGregor repeatedly resorted to disgustingly bigoted attacks. In a reference to colonialism, McGregor said, “If this was a different time, I would invade his favela on horseback and kill anyone that was not fit to work.” McGregor later said, “What I really want to do is turn his favela into a Reebok sweatshop.” McGregor also said of Aldo, in an apparent joke targeting Latinos, “I think I’m going to have him come and clean up my airplane.”Any one of those comments should have been enough to have every mainstream company he works with drop his endorsements. Being a fighter is not a license for bigotry without consequence…In a day and age where we need principled people to speak out on racism, bigotry, and discrimination, Conor McGregor does the exact opposite, instead mainstreaming those things without consequence.

18 Jun, 2017

Woodley to place $1000 bet on McGregor to beat Mayweather

Places bet

Woodley says he is going to put $1000 on McGregor to beat Mayweather.

To be honest, me and Conor ain’t really seen eye to eye on a lot of things. In the end I still really want to scrap him. But I’m betting on Conor [Because] I bet a grand, I win 6500 bucks. I bet two grand, get 13 grand. This is freaking combat sports, anybody got a chance. So I’m willing to lose for the chance to win… I don’t think he’s gonna win, but if he prove me wrong then I, at least, want to cash in on it.

15 Jun, 2017

McGregor-Mayweather ticket for sale at one million dollars

Sale/Purchase

Viagogo, an online ticket reseller, is selling tickets for what it describes as ‘The Billion Dollar Fight’ between McGregor and Mayweather at prices ranging from €7,386.89 to €891,067 (US$993,000). By comparison, For the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ (Pacquiao vs Mayweather), tickets were almost impossible to come by with a huge number being distributed to sponsors, promoters, and celebrities before they even went on general sale. When the public eventually did have a chance to try and purchase tickets for the event, they were being sold for prices varying from $1,500 to $7,500 and sold out in a matter of seconds. However, in the United States, it is legal to resell tickets online via third party platforms and some were resold for as much as $128,000.

 

13 Jun, 2017

Mayweather friend says McGregor fight contract has been signed

Rumor/unconfirmed

Joe Biggs says he has heard from David Rodriguez, ex-heavyweight boxer, and friend of Mayweather, that Mayweather has signed the fight contract with McGregor.

17 Apr, 2017

Report: McGregor hotel room trashed, drug paraphernalia found

Rumor/unconfirmed

According to The Sun, McGregor’s Liverpool hotel room was trashed and 20 canisters of nitrous oxide were found. Source:

There were canisters all over the floor, smashed glass and food lying about. They damaged sofas and left cig butts and his Irish flag. He got people in there to clean because of the level of damage. It’s just been carnage. Just full-on partying.

 

22 Mar, 2017

Lee brought in to prep Mayweather for McGregor fight

Hired

UFC lightweight Lee confirms he has been brought in to help Mayweather prepare for his proposed super-fight with McGregor.

That fight with Floyd, it’s going to happen. Floyd’s management reached out to me a little while ago and asked me to be a part of the camp. So I’m excited to do that, I could use a couple bucks in my pocket, that’s for sure…It’s a win-win situation for [McGregor]. If he loses — which he’s going to lose, he don’t stand a chance in the fight — he knows it going in he’s just there for the cash grab and then he’ll come back and fight Nate, or he’ll bump up and fight Tyron, before he jumps down and messes with us real killers at 155. He ain’t stupid…It’s great for MMA, because it has no downside. It’s horrible for boxing, I ain’t gonna lie. And they’re paying me, so I better…(laughs)…but it’s horrible for boxing. I think it’s going to kill the sport of boxing, but the money is too large to pass up.

His prediction for the fight:

Floyd isn’t going to knock out Conor. Conor’s a much bigger man. I expect Conor to come out and try to sling Floyd around a little bit in the clinch, try to wear him down. If things get too hectic about that seventh, eighth round, he might start — I don’t know, he might start to rough him up with some elbows. I’m pretty sure Floyd’s going to have us prepare him for that — being able to throw him around, and maybe even kick him a little bit. You never know.

13 Mar, 2017

Will name baby after famous fighter

Pregnancy

McGregor and Devlin have told friends that they will name their baby boy after a famous fighter, but have not told them the name yet. Source:

Conor and Dee have had loads of suggestions from friends and have been reading up on names since it was confirmed they’re expecting a boy. They’ve both said they like the name of a fighter most fans would recognise and they seem pretty settled on it. Conor has told a few friends that’s the name.

8 Mar, 2017

McGregor inspires fan to lose 38kg in one year

Fan Story

A Dublin man says McGregor’s win over Aldo inspired him to change his life and transform his body over the course of 12 months. Thomas Nolan, 23, weighed more than 22 stone (139kg) in December 2015 when he flew to Las Vegas to watch the fight. Since then he has lost more than six stone (38kg) and started a new career as a personal trainer.

I went on a holiday to Las Vegas with my brother to see the Conor McGregor fight against Aldo. The journey there was a nightmare. I was so anxious, I felt like I was so close to having a panic attack the whole time. When I was in Las Vegas I had to go into a shop for obese people to find something to fit me. That was so demoralising. The night I saw McGregor fight changed my life. This guy, who is from just down the road from me, could inspire this whole stadium of people and Irish people across the world. It was amazing. He could do something like this and I was sitting in my bedroom every day, watching series after series on Netflix, eating just for the sake of eating. I knew something had to give.

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