Conor McGregor’s path to UFC 246: Success, historical past, controversy

Dana White was in Dublin to obtain an award from Trinity School in 2013 when he invited UFC followers on Twitter to affix him at a close-by pub after the ceremony. Drinks could be coated by the UFC president.

It was that evening, Feb. 11, when he first heard a reputation that may turn into essentially the most talked about in UFC historical past.


“The place was packed, full of individuals,” White mentioned. “I used to be in there with the followers all evening, and all people saved speaking about Conor McGregor.”

When he flew again to Las Vegas, White requested his matchmakers about McGregor. Sean Shelby was conversant in the featherweight out of Dublin, and White flew McGregor in for a gathering.


The UFC’s first card of the yr options its largest star squaring off in opposition to its all-time chief in wins in the principle occasion. Conor McGregor, who hasn’t fought since October 2018, will shut the present at UFC 246 in opposition to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in a welterweight struggle. Within the co-main occasion, former bantamweight champion Holly Holm will face Raquel Pennington.

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“The primary time I met him, we flew him into Vegas and he and I went to dinner, and I used to be blown away by him,” White mentioned. “After I acquired in my automotive, I known as [then-UFC owner] Lorenzo [Fertitta] and I mentioned, ‘Let me let you know what, I do not know if this child can struggle, but when he may even throw a punch, this child goes to be an enormous celebrity.'”

McGregor would make his UFC debut two months later in Stockholm, Sweden. He was in a position to throw a punch, and White’s instincts have been prescient about McGregor’s star energy.

McGregor started a meteoric ascension that topped out by him changing into the primary fighter in UFC historical past to carry two belts concurrently. However that was adopted by spectacle, defeat and authorized bother away from the Octagon.

The subsequent chapter of McGregor’s profession begins Saturday, when he faces Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. Can McGregor return to peak type? Does he nonetheless have the hearth that fueled the early phases of his profession?

Earlier than we get the solutions, let’s check out how we arrived right here.

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2013-15: Excellent begin | 2016-17: Bouncing again, making historical past

2018-19: Bother out and in of Octagon | 2020: The subsequent chapter

2013-15: Excellent begin

April 6, 2013: A blistering UFC debut

Conor McGregor’s precision was on full show throughout his UFC debut in 2013. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Photos

McGregor scores first-round TKO over Marcus Brimage in 67 seconds.

McGregor is 12-2 as an expert combined martial artist as he makes his UFC debut within the prelims of a Gas TV card in Stockholm, Sweden. The accuracy and energy in his left hand stay as much as the hype.

So i suppose @TheNotoriousmma is for actual!! pic.twitter.com/dSwsouOeyj

— Dana White (@danawhite) April 6, 2013

Significance: McGregor tells reporters afterward that Brimage was too caught up emotionally within the prefight trash speaking, which led him to overthrow his pictures. McGregor says that when he is outdoors of the Octagon “it is a recreation,” and he appears like “Stone Chilly” Steve Austin, however within the Octagon it is emotion-free. That philosophy performs a significant function all through McGregor’s profession as he turns into the game’s largest trash-talker.

Quotable: “I am the psychological champ.” — McGregor

Watch this struggle.

Aug. 17, 2013: Pricey win over Holloway

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Daniel Cormier breaks down Conor McGregor’s struggle vs. Max Holloway and explains how McGregor units up strikes utilizing feints and in addition places himself in harmful positions. For extra Element, join ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/

McGregor tears his ACL in unanimous-decision win over Max Holloway.

McGregor is unable to get the end for the primary time in 14 professional wins. Contemplating the fighter Holloway would go on to turn into, that is hardly a blemish for McGregor, who wins each spherical and is awarded a 30-26 resolution by one choose.

@TheNotoriousMMA is now formally considered one of my fav fighters to look at, could not look away the entire struggle

— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) August 18, 2013

Significance: McGregor tears the ACL in his left knee within the second spherical, and he will not struggle once more for 11 months. However the victory is important in that it comes in opposition to an opponent who will go on to construct a Corridor of Fame profession.

Going forward with surgical procedure. Boxing once more in three months, Kicking in four, Grappling in 5, Wrestling-6, Sparring-7, Combating-9. See you in Could 2014!!

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 27, 2013

Watch this struggle.

July 19, 2014: “We’re not right here to participate, we’re right here to take over”

McGregor’s third UFC struggle was in his native Dublin, permitting followers who would journey the world to see him an opportunity to remain dwelling and have a good time a dominant win. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Getty Photos

McGregor scores first-round TKO over Diego Brandao.

Significance: McGregor headlines a Battle Night time card in simply his third UFC bout. The cardboard is held in McGregor’s hometown of Dublin, and the passionate fan base that travels across the globe to help him arrives 4 hours earlier than the principle occasion to help a card stuffed with Irish fighters who went 5-Zero.

McGregor reveals no unwell results from the torn ACL he suffered 11 months earlier vs. Holloway.

Quotable: “What’s subsequent is me and [then-UFC CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta within the again with whiskey to speak soccer stadiums. Soccer stadiums and world titles, that is what I would like.” — McGregor

Watch this struggle.

Sept. 27, 2014: “You already know what’s subsequent, the world title is subsequent”

McGregor predicted a first-round end of Dustin Poirier, and he backed it up. Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC by way of Getty Photos

McGregor scores a first-round TKO of Dustin Poirier.

Poirier tried to antagonize McGregor in 2019, hoping McGregor would select him because the opponent for his return bout as an alternative of Cerrone. However McGregor reminded Poirier of what occurred the final time they fought.

“I fed you to the canvas in 90 seconds bro,” McGregor tweeted.

The struggle takes just a little longer than that, however being taken out in 106 seconds does not sound significantly better, particularly when McGregor had predicted it was going to be a first-round stoppage.

One specific congratulatory tweet stands out as Khabib Nurmagomedov and McGregor alternate pleasantries.

@TeamKhabib I like it champ!! The Russian Bear!!

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) September 29, 2014

Significance: McGregor arrives as a championship contender, and he makes his name for a title shot within the Octagon after the struggle. He does not get his want instantly, nevertheless it does not take lengthy.

Quotable: “What the opposite featherweights do not perceive is that it is an entire ‘nother recreation after they get hit by me.” — McGregor

Watch this struggle.

July 11, 2015: McGregor will get his first style of UFC gold

McGregor scores a second-round TKO of Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight belt.

After featherweight champ Jose Aldo pulls out of his title protection in opposition to McGregor with injured ribs, Mendes is tabbed as a late substitute with an interim belt on the road. It’s the hardest bout by far for McGregor since he joined the UFC, however he overcomes the problem.

@whereshutty Chad was gassed out from the physique kicks and solely 2 weeks of prep. Undoubtedly wasn’t known as early. He was carried out. Conor is legit!

— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 16, 2015

Significance: The gang of 16,Zero19 contained in the sold-out MGM Grand Backyard Area units a stay gate document, and White says the pay-per-view items will rank among the many UFC’s highest. Not solely does the bout converse to McGregor’s drawing energy, however the victory over an elite grappler like Mendes means that the one space of McGregor’s recreation many thought was a weak hyperlink maybe is not so susceptible. Subsequent up is a unification bout in opposition to Aldo, whose resolution to tug out with an harm attracts McGregor’s scorn.

Quotable: “In my view, Jose went operating. I had greater accidents main as much as this struggle than a bruised rib, and I nonetheless confirmed up and carried out. In my eyes, Jose went operating. If he desires to return again, he can come again — however I swear to God, his day will come.” — McGregor

Watch this struggle.

Dec. 12, 2015: Undisputed featherweight champ

Conor McGregor’s counterpunching precision and energy made fast work of Jose Aldo. AP Picture/John Locher, File

McGregor knocks out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds to unify the title.

It’s McGregor’s fifth straight win by knockout and is the quickest end within the historical past of UFC title fights.

Significance: There is no such thing as a doubting McGregor now after he knocks out an all-time nice in document time. The postfight speak turns to McGregor transferring as much as light-weight, presumably combating the winner of Cerrone vs. champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Quotable: “No person can take that left-hand shot. He is highly effective and he is quick, however precision beats energy, timing beats velocity. That is what you noticed there.” — McGregor

Watch this struggle.

2016-17: Bouncing again, making historical past

March 5, 2016: Nate Diaz shouldn’t be shocked

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Conor McGregor speaks with Todd Grisham concerning the classes he realized about combating at welterweight in opposition to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 and the way he responds to Jose Aldo and others criticizing him on social media.

McGregor faucets out within the second spherical as Diaz wins by rear-naked choke.

McGregor had deliberate to maneuver as much as light-weight to problem dos Anjos and presumably turn into the primary fighter to carry two belts concurrently, however dos Anjos withdraws with a damaged foot. McGregor then decides to leap up one other weight class to welterweight to face Diaz, who can have simply over every week to arrange.

McGregor’s left lands within the first spherical and bloodies Diaz’s face early. However McGregor is going through an even bigger man who is ready to stand up to the assault, and Diaz’s energy and floor recreation finally show decisive. It’s Diaz’s ninth submission win within the UFC, one off the mark set by Royce Gracie.

Conor dissed Nate for instructing children BJJ lessons, perhaps Conor ought to have taken a kind of lessons.

— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) March 6, 2016

Significance: McGregor attracts the primary $1 million disclosed purse in UFC historical past. His 15-fight win streak is over, however leaping up two weight lessons negates among the sting.

Quotable: “I am humble in victory and defeat. He took the struggle on quick discover and carried out the job. He was environment friendly. I used to be not. These items occur. I am going to study, and I am going to develop. I am going to face it like a person.” — McGregor

Watch this struggle.

April 19, 2016: “I’ve determined to retire younger”

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ESPN MMA author Brett Okamoto explains why Conor McGregor’s tweet about retiring younger is peculiar and speculates on the motives behind it.

McGregor tweets that he is determined to retire, though Dana White is not positive what to consider. McGregor does not present up for a information convention later that week, and the UFC pulls McGregor from the UFC 200 card the next week, canceling his rematch vs. Nate Diaz.

White says he is pulling McGregor as a result of the fighter does not wish to honor the promotional necessities for the struggle. “Conor didn’t wish to come to Las Vegas and movie the industrial and be part of the advertising,” White says.

McGregor posts on Fb two days later that he isn’t retired, however he is bored with the promotional necessities and simply desires to struggle. He agrees to go to New York for a information convention, however that is it. The UFC does not budge and cancels the struggle.

I’ve determined to retire younger.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya’s later.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016

Significance: After McGregor-Diaz 2 falls by way of, the sunshine heavyweight unification bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier is elevated to the principle occasion, however that struggle is scratched as a result of Jones fails a USADA check. Miesha Tate’s bantamweight title protection in opposition to Amanda Nunes turns into the principle occasion, and Nunes wins her first UFC belt. It’s the final card underneath Zuffa possession, because the UFC is bought to expertise company WME-IMG.

Quotable: “It’s time to be egocentric with my coaching once more. It’s the solely approach. I really feel the $400 million I’ve generated for the corporate in my final three occasions, all inside eight months, is sufficient to get me this slight leeway. I’m nonetheless able to go for UFC 200.” — McGregor

Could eight, 2016: Mayweather says bout vs. McGregor is feasible

Rumors of a crossover bout between Floyd Mayweather and McGregor choose up steam.

Mayweather says it is doable whereas McGregor tweets out what a poster may appear to be for the struggle.

MMA Vs Boxing. pic.twitter.com/qgl8tKvT5s

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) Could eight, 2016

Quotable: “Each time I’m going on the market and compete, my quantity is, after all, $100 million or higher. I really feel I can demand that.” — Mayweather to FightHype.com.

Aug. 20, 2016: “The king is again”

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UFC featherweight Frankie Edgar explains how Conor McGregor was in a position to pull off a majority resolution victory over Nate Diaz of their rematch at UFC 202.

McGregor ekes out a majority-decision win over Nate Diaz at UFC 202.

McGregor battles again from adversity after getting drained in the course of the struggle to persevere in top-of-the-line fights of the last decade. For some time, it seems to be as if issues will find yourself identical to the primary struggle — McGregor begins quick and slows down — however McGregor is ready to discover one other gear within the late rounds.

Significance: UFC 202 turns into the highest-selling pay-per-view occasion in promotion historical past. It’s the first UFC PPV underneath WME-IMG, now often called Endeavor. A trilogy with Diaz appears inevitable, particularly given how nicely the rematch bought and what looks as if legit unhealthy blood between the camps. However White recommends McGregor return to featherweight to defend his title.

Quotable: “One minute, it appeared like Conor was gassed, and he acquired a second wind. Diaz acquired dropped a few occasions, it appeared like he was carried out, and he got here again. It was an absolute epic struggle.” — White

Watch this struggle.

Nov. 12, 2016: McGregor makes historical past

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Chael Sonnen breaks down Conor McGregor’s dominant efficiency in opposition to Eddie Alvarez, with McGregor holding championship in two totally different divisions on the identical time.

McGregor turns into the primary UFC fighter to carry belts in two weight lessons concurrently as he destroys Eddie Alvarez.

McGregor provides the light-weight belt of Alvarez, a former Bellator champ and some of the adorned 155-pounders of all time, to his featherweight title with three knockdowns within the first three minutes of the struggle. He finishes Alvarez at three:04 of the second spherical.

Significance: McGregor’s standing is at its top. He calls out the brand new house owners of the UFC — WME-IMG — and says he desires a bit. “The place’s my share? The place’s my fairness? If I am the one bringing this, they have to return speak to me. That is all I do know. You need me to stay round and maintain doing what I am doing? I would like what I deserve. What I’ve earned.” The cardboard takes place at Madison Sq. Backyard, the primary UFC card in New York for the reason that lifting of a longtime ban on MMA.

Quotable: “You already know, Eddie Alvarez was saying Santa Claus is not actual. Santa Claus is again, what I imply? The man is particular. And what’s subsequent? We’ll let him get pleasure from this second. I am gonna get pleasure from this second. And we’ll speak enterprise later.” — White

Watch this struggle.

Nov. 23, 2016: The beginnings of an unsightly rivalry

Undefeated light-weight Khabib Nurmagomedov calls out McGregor on social media.

I’m old skool and check out to do that man to man however the he don’t need something to do with an actual man. Time to maneuver on @danawhite @seanshelby pic.twitter.com/ilAL4yM6O7

— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) November 23, 2016

One in all Nurmagomedov’s coaches had mentioned every week prior that McGregor was ducking his fighter, and Nurmagomedov chimes in with an extended social media publish to clarify his intentions. “Do not hen out please,” Nurmagomedov tweets. “I do know I am a nasty matchup for you, however you are the champion and it’s worthwhile to struggle one of the best.”

Nov. 26, 2016: Now not a “champ champ”

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Brett Okamoto believes the UFC took away Conor McGregor’s featherweight title and examines what McGregor’s relationship is like with the UFC.

McGregor is compelled to vacate his featherweight title two weeks after including the light-weight belt and changing into the primary fighter ever to carry belts in two weight lessons concurrently.

McGregor by no means defends his featherweight title after successful it with a 13-second KO of Aldo on Dec. 12, 2015. As a substitute, he opts to maneuver as much as welterweight to face Diaz in two epic bouts in 2016, dropping the primary and successful the second.

Significance: Aldo, who had crushed Frankie Edgar on July 9 for the interim belt, is elevated to undisputed featherweight champ. McGregor is predicted to take time without work to begin 2017 for the start of his first youngster.

Quotable: “He ought to take time without work. He has been combating nonstop. Nothing mistaken with him taking time without work. It is good for him and [girlfriend Dee Devlin], and it is good for the newborn.” — Dana White

June 14, 2017: “The unattainable deal is now carried out”

Mayweather proclaims his Aug. 26 bout in opposition to McGregor on social media.

White says the thought of McGregor combating Mayweather was broached by 50 Cent after they occurred to run into one another, however he was skeptical at first and would later say it is unattainable. However fan response creates a momentum that White cannot resist. “All over the place I went, it was all anyone requested me about,” White tells ESPN. “Then as soon as I began to essentially really feel it, that is after I began to take it critical, and I made a proposal.”

Significance: It has the chance to interrupt data for essentially the most watched and highest-grossing pay-per-view ever.

Quotable: “I will step in there and shock the entire goddamn world.” — McGregor

Aug. 26, 2017: MayMac, the last word cash struggle

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Andre Ward says Floyd Mayweather adopted a methodical struggle plan to attain a 10th-round TKO win over Conor McGregor, though he was shocked how a lot Mayweather was hit.

Mayweather stops McGregor by TKO within the 10th spherical of a struggle he in all probability might have stopped sooner.

Mayweather begins slowly, takes a have a look at McGregor, then begins to choose him aside.

It’s a struggle to generate income, and in that respect, it succeeds.

Significance: Mayweather reportedly makes greater than $100 million, whereas McGregor pockets greater than $30 million. The occasion reportedly generates about four.four million pay-per-view buys, making it the second-biggest home PPV of all time, after Mayweather’s 2015 struggle in opposition to Manny Pacquiao.

McGregor says this week that he’d like a rematch with Mayweather or maybe a bout with Pacquiao.

Quotable: “I now, at 28 years of age, have my eyes firmly set on the ‘highest-paid fighter’ and ‘highest-earning athlete’ accolades.” — McGregor

2018-19: Bother out and in of the Octagon

March 2, 2018: McGregor not a UFC champion

Dana White proclaims that the UFC will strip McGregor of his light-weight title on account of inactivity. The plan is to award the title to the winner of the Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson bout scheduled for April 7, however Ferguson tears a ligament in his knee after tripping on a cable on a tv set. Nurmagomedov finally fights and beats Al Iaquinta to turn into light-weight champ.

Significance: Now it is McGregor who should persuade Nurmagomedov to struggle him.

April 5, 2018: McGregor formally charged after Barclays Heart melee

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Dana White voices robust displeasure after an unsightly incident at UFC 223 media day, by which Conor McGregor and his entourage attacked a bus, injuring a number of folks on the Barclays Heart in Brooklyn.

McGregor and greater than a dozen different males storm the loading dock at Barclays Heart in Brooklyn after UFC 223 media day and are arrested.

They’re searching for Nurmagomedov, who earlier within the week slapped McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov. McGregor throws a metallic dolly at a bus carrying UFC fighters, together with Nurmagomedov. The window shatters, sending glass cascading onto a number of folks inside. A couple of are injured, together with two fighters who must withdraw from fights at UFC 223 that coming weekend.

McGregor turns himself into New York police and is charged with three counts of assault and prison mischief. In July 2018, he takes a plea deal, pleading responsible to disorderly conduct to keep away from jail time. McGregor receives a sentence of neighborhood service and anger administration lessons.

Significance: McGregor is lucky he did not significantly harm anybody or obtain jail time. If his plan is to construct warmth for a Nurmagomedov struggle, it is a harmful and reckless method to pursue that purpose.

Quotable: “That is essentially the most disgusting factor that has ever occurred within the historical past of the corporate.” — White

Aug. three, 2018: McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov is about

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Ariel Helwani breaks down Conor McGregor taking the struggle with light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and the way a lot of a win it’s for UFC.

Dana White proclaims that Nurmagomedov will defend his light-weight belt in opposition to McGregor on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas.

Will probably be McGregor’s first UFC struggle since Nov.12, 2016, when he beat Nate Diaz. He then boxed Mayweather on Aug. 26, 2017. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook opens with McGregor as a +150 underdog and Nurmagomedov a -180 favourite.

Conor McGregor will face undefeated light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in Oct.

Will probably be McGregor’s 2nd profession struggle at light-weight. He beforehand defeated Eddie Alvarez to win the light-weight title in 2016. He by no means defended the belt and was stripped of the it in April. pic.twitter.com/JPUoG67WOo

— ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo) August four, 2018

Significance: Nurmagomedov is placing his undefeated document on the road whereas McGregor seems to be to get again to the enterprise of successful within the Octagon after an extended layoff. The struggle already has a powerful undercurrent of hostility after McGregor threw a dolly by way of the window of a bus that Nurmagomedov was in.

Quotable: White says he isn’t nervous about any disruptive habits from both fighter, regardless of the unhealthy blood.

Oct. 6, 2018: Melee follows McGregor tap-out

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Have a look again on the sequence of occasions that led to Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomdeov being suspended and fined.

After months of nasty trash speak from McGregor that crossed strains into faith and tradition, Nurmagomedov finishes McGregor by submission within the fourth spherical with a choke.

Nurmagomedov’s wrestling guidelines the day, prefer it has many occasions earlier than. McGregor was the underdog getting in and has moments within the third spherical — which is the one spherical Nurmagomedov has misplaced within the UFC — however Nurmagomedov dominates in any other case.

The combating does not finish when McGregor faucets out. Nurmagomedov will get right into a verbal alternate with McGregor’s nook, particularly McGregor coaching accomplice Dillon Danis. Nurmagomedov scales the cage and jumps at Danis, igniting an unsightly melee at T-Cell Area in Las Vegas.

Three Nurmagomedov teammates enter the cage and brawl with McGregor. Las Vegas Metro law enforcement officials detain a number of of these concerned. All concerned, together with Nurmagomedov and McGregor, are later suspended and fined by the Nevada State Athletic Fee (NSAC).

Significance: After the Barclays bus assault, the postfight melee is one other black eye for McGregor, Nurmagomedov and the UFC. But, not one of the unhealthy habits impacts anybody’s backside line. UFC 229 is the highest-selling UFC pay-per-view occasion of all time.

Quotable: “He talked about my faith, he talked about my nation, he talked about my father. He come to Brooklyn and he broke bus, he virtually killed a pair folks. What about this?” — Nurmagomedov

Watch this struggle.

March 11, 2019: McGregor arrested for smashing cellphone

McGregor is charged with strong-armed theft and prison mischief, each felonies, for grabbing and stomping on a person’s cellphone as the person tries to take his picture in the course of the evening in South Florida.

The costs and a subsequent civil swimsuit are later dropped.

March 26, 2019: Report: McGregor underneath sexual assault inquiry

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Brett Okamoto reacts to a New York Instances report that Conor McGregor is underneath investigation for an alleged sexual assault.

The New York Instances stories McGregor is underneath investigation for an alleged sexual assault in his native Eire.

He was arrested and launched after questioning, in accordance with the report, however he was not charged. The investigation is ongoing, the report says.

McGregor tweets hours earlier than the report that he’s retiring from MMA. It is the second time he is made such an announcement on social media.

Hey guys fast announcement, I’ve determined to retire from the game formally often called “Blended Martial Artwork” at this time.
I want all my previous colleagues nicely going ahead in competitors.
I now be part of my former companions on this enterprise, already in retirement.
Correct Pina Coladas on me fellas!

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 26, 2019

Aug. 15, 2019: Video reveals McGregor hitting man in Dublin bar

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Conor McGregor apologizes for his involvement in an April bar altercation and tells Ariel Helwani whether or not he expects to struggle within the UFC once more.

A video surfaces that reveals McGregor hitting a person in a bar after the person refused McGregor’s provide of a shot of his whiskey.

McGregor expresses regret throughout an interview with Ariel Helwani on ESPN, and he is later charged with assault. He finally is fined and avoids jail time.

Oct. 19, 2019: McGregor reportedly accused of second sexual assault

The New York Instances stories a second girl has accused McGregor of sexual assault. The report states McGregor has not talked to police or been charged. McGregor denies the allegation.

2020: The subsequent chapter

Nov. 28, 2019: McGregor’s return bout is about vs. Cowboy

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Brett Okamoto seems to be again at Conor McGregor’s sophisticated journey, changing into the primary double champion contained in the UFC’s Octagon and having a number of transgressions outdoors of it.

McGregor will face Cerrone on Saturday in Las Vegas in what can be his first struggle since dropping to Nurmagomedov on Oct. 6, 2018.

Many consider McGregor picked Cerrone, who misplaced his previous two fights by stoppage, as a result of he is a safer opponent than somebody like Justin Gaethje.

McGregor opens because the betting favourite.

Significance: White says McGregor can be first in line for a light-weight title shot if he wins, which might put him again within the Octagon vs. Nurmagomedov. Some see that as unfair contemplating McGregor hasn’t received in three years and the Cerrone struggle can be at welterweight. White says it is a 155-pound bout that neither fighter has to chop weight for. McGregor states he additionally has a watch on welterweight champ Kamaru Usman, and he’d additionally contemplate combating Jorge Masvidal after Cerrone.

Quotable: “I’m again. I’m again to who I’m, and I stay up for getting in and showcasing it on Jan. 18, and whoever is after that, once more it doesn’t matter. I will be prepared. That is the start of my 2020 season.” — McGregor