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Conor McGregor

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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).


Discovers MMA

Having become a skilled boxer, McGregor’s interest in MMA is ignited when he begins sparring with Egan, his friend.

I met Tom who was just grappling at the time. Around the same time we discovered MMA, so I’d head up to his gym in Kildare and we’d teach each other what we knew, then scrap at the end of it.

Inspired by The Secret

Conor’s sister, Erin, introduces him to The Secret, a book written by Rhonda Byrne, that tells the reader that the power of positive thinking can change their life and bring about anything they desire. Initially, he thinks the book is ridiculous, but a year later, after a bad day he gets a DVD of the book and, with his girlfriend, Dee, tries to visualise success.

Even when I first watched it, I was like, this is bullshit. But then something clicked for me…We would be driving to the shop and visualizing the exact car park space. And then we’d be able to get it every time.


Works as Plumber


After leaving school at the age of 17, McGregor spends 18 months working as an apprentice plumber in Kilternan, starting at 5am.

It was a rough time. I did not like the life and plumbing did not interest me so one day I said ‘f*** it’ and I quit.


Moves to Lucan, starts fighting

The family moves from Crumlin and settles in Lucan, a suburban town on the edge of Dublin.

I certainly did not handle it well. I eventually did. But at the time, I had a lot of resentment towards my family. I actually was really upset for a long time…In the long run, it ended up working out better for my career, because I ended up being isolated. I ended up alone with my thoughts a lot more. I feel being alone with your thoughts is a good thing. It allows you to figure things out for yourself. And that’s what happened for me in Lucan.

He starts boxing, kickboxing, and jiu jitsu and his love of football fades.

I realized I was enjoying combat sports a lot more than I was enjoying football. Instead of going to the football club, I would go next door to the boxing club.

14 Jul, 1988

Conor McGregor born in Dublin, Ireland


Conor McGregor childhood picConor McGregor is born in Crumlin, a suburb of Dublin, Ireland, to Tony McGregor and Margaret. Tony, the child of an Irish father and English mother, was born in Liverpool, England. But his family splits up when he was seven, and he is sent to live with relatives in Dublin. He meets Margaret when they are 15, while walking to school. A year later, they both land jobs in a local factory, and a romance sparked. They are married in 1980, when both were 21. Conor’s sister Erin is born in 1981. Conor attends Irish-language primary and secondary school in Tallaght, South Dublin. He plays football for Lourdes Celtic Football Club and supports Manchester United. Sometimes he pops into the boxing gym next to the football club before and after football practice, but that is the extent of his interest.

I was really focused on football.

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