Top 10 facts about Conor McGregor you never knew

Now one of Ireland’s most ‘notorious’ sports personalities, Conor McGregor has had a varied career as a mixed martial artist, boxer, and businessperson.

Conor McGregor has certainly made a name for himself on the international sports scene in recent years. However, we bet there is plenty you didn’t know about the ‘notorious’ MMA fighter. Here are ten facts about Conor McGregor you never knew.

The 33-year-old former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight double-champion was born on 14 July 1988 in Crumlin, Dublin. To this day, he is still proud to call the Emerald Isle his home.

Ireland Before You Die’s top facts about Conor McGregor in the UFC

  • Conor McGregor made his UFC debut on the 6th April 2013, against Marcus Brimmage. He won in style, propelling his career onto the path of future stardom.
  • McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two UFC belts simultaneously. After beating Jose Aldo to win the Featherweight title in 2015, he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in 2016.
  • Conor McGregor also holds the record for the fastest knockout in UFC championship history. He knocked out the legendary Jose Aldo after 13 seconds.
  • Conor McGregor has an MMA record of 22-6, with 19 wins coming by way of knockout. Two have been by decision, and one by submission.
  • Conor McGregor accounts for 8 of the top 10 highest grossing UFC fights of all time. He also occupies the top 3 spots. At number one is vs Khabib, a fight that amassed $180 million.

10. First Irish man to join UFC – a big deal for Ireland

McGregor was the first Irish man to join UFC.

One of the facts about Conor McGregor you might not know is that he was actually the first Irish man to join the UFC.

Since signing with UFC in 2013, McGregor has become one of the biggest names in the sport, with UFC President Dana White even calling him his favourite fighter.

9. He is a trained plumber – life before fighting

One of the facts about Conor McGregor you never knew is that he trained as a plumber before fighting.
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Before embarking on his fighting career, McGregor trained as a plumber in Dublin. During his apprenticeship, he would spend up to 12 hours per day fixing pipes and toilets.

Speaking to the Guardian, McGregor revealed, “I was waking at 5 am and walking in the dark, freezing cold until I reached the motorway and waited for a guy I didn’t even know to take me to the site. I know there are passionate, skilled plumbers. But I had no love for plumbing.”

8. He is very spiritual – the Law of Attraction

McGregor believes in the Law of Attraction.
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Speaking on his spirituality, McGregor revealed that he is a strong believer in the Law of Attraction, calling it the “most powerful thing in the world”.

Describing this belief, he says, “It is the belief that you can create whatever situation that you want for yourself, and no one can take it from you. It is believing something is already yours and then doing whatever you have to so that it comes true.”

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7. A world-first – first non-American to hold two world titles

One of the facts about Conor McGregor you never knew is he was the first non-American to hold two world titles.
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McGregor was not only the first Irish man to join the UFC. In fact, he also boasts the title of first non-American to hold two world titles in two different weight classes.

Before joining UFC, he won Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight titles in back to back fights.

6. He was bullied growing up – overcoming bullies

McGregor was bullied growing up.
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Growing up, McGregor was often the target of bullies on his way to and from school. Due to his size, bullies saw him as an easy target, and he struggled with bullying from a young age.

Things got so bad for the young McGregor that he used to pack a dumbbell in his school bag so he could reach in and use it as a weapon.

Today, McGregor is an advocate for antibullying campaigns and will occasionally attend schools to speak about bullying.

5. Four-second knockout – an impressive feat

One of the facts about Conor McGregor you never knew is about his fastest knockout.
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One of the facts about Conor McGregor you never knew is that his record-breaking 13-second knockout of José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship in 2015 is not actually his fastest knockout.

Rather, he defeated bare-knuckle boxer Paddy Doherty at the Immortal Fighting Championships via a knockout in just four seconds in April 2011.

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4. His parents disapproved of his career choice – hesitant at first

McGregor's parents initially disapproved of his career choice.
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When McGregor began training at a local boxing club between work shifts and on weekends, it wasn’t long before he decided to quit plumbing to take on boxing training full time.

Initially, his parents disapproved of his career change. However, as he gained success, they supported his choice.

Who knows, but had McGregor stuck exclusively to boxing, he may well have become one of Ireland’s best ever Olympians.

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3. Possible James Bond villain – McGregor, Conor McGregor

One of the facts about Conor McGregor is that he was offered the role of Bond villain.

In episode three of The Notorious, McGregor revealed that he was once asked to audition for the role of the villain in the 2015 James Bond film Spectre.

However, he turned the role down, saying, “I’m not that person. D’ya know what I mean? I’m just doing it having a laugh. Don’t start putting in those serious things.”

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2. He relied on social welfare – not always one of the highest-paid sportspeople

McGregor relied on social welfare.
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Before becoming one of the highest-paid people in sports, McGregor had to rely on social welfare to help him follow his fighting dreams.

Despite some minor victories at the start of his career, the MMA fighter had to pick up a $235 welfare cheque before his UFC debut. That night, during the ‘Knockout of the Night’ fight, when Marcus Brimage defeated him in the first round, he made an incredible $60,000.

Since then, many of his fights have earned him a paycheck with even more zeros. He would most certainly now rank among the ten richest and most successful Irish entrepreneurs in recent times.

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1. A sentimental momento – his granda’s hat

One of the most interesting facts about Conor McGregor is about his grandfather's cap.
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Topping our list of facts about Conor McGregor you never knew is that he often carried around one of his grandfather’s old hats.

When asked about the momento, he said he didn’t see it as a good luck charm. Rather, it reminded him of where he came from, keeping him down-to-earth.

Sadly, his bag containing his grandfather’s hat was stolen from his car in 2014.

Your questions answered about Conor McGregor

Still have some questions? Then you are in the right place! Below are the most frequently asked questions about Conor McGregor from our readers and online.

What is a fact about Conor McGregor?

Conor McGregor was ranked as the world’s highest paid athlete by Forbes back in 2021. He earned an astonishing $180 million.

How many fights has Conor lost?

Conor McGregor has lost 6 fights in his professional MMA career. He also lost his first, and only, professional boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather in 2017.

Is McGregor a billionaire?

In June 2023, McGregor said he is closing in on being a billionaire, saying he has probably earned $650 million.

When did Conor McGregor have his first kid?

Conor McGregor had his first child, Conor Jr., back in 2017.

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