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McGregor began his professional boxing career in In his debut boxing match , he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. In his youth, he played football for Lourdes Celtic Football Club. Following that, he commenced a plumbing apprenticeship. On 17 February , at the age of 18, McGregor made his mixed martial arts debut in an amateur fight against Kieran Campbell for the Irish Ring of Truth promotion in Dublin.
He won via technical knockout TKO in the first round. Following the fight, he turned professional and was signed by the Irish Cage of Truth promotion. After McGregor won his second fight against Mo Taylor , he made his featherweight debut in a loss via submission against Artemij Sitenkov.
After a victory at featherweight in his next bout against Stephen Bailey, McGregor contemplated a different career path before his mother contacted his coach John Kavanagh and reinvigorated him to continue pursuing mixed martial arts. McGregor then won his next fight, also at featherweight, against Connor Dillon, before moving back to lightweight for a fight against Joseph Duffy , in which he received his second professional loss after submitting to an arm-triangle choke.
Following this, during and , McGregor went on an eight-fight winning streak,  during which he won both the CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships, making him the first European professional mixed martial artist to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. McGregor, repeatedly throwing a counter left hand, found little success with his initial striking.
After ascertaining that Brimage was susceptible to a snap kick directed at his chest and chin, McGregor began to employ a looping left hand uppercut , throwing every time Brimage would move forward into striking range. These uppercuts grounded Brimage shortly after McGregor started to use them. The bout was stopped into the first round.
McGregor was able to control the striking range by using long, non-committal low side kicks to Holloway's knee and shin, and initiate combinations by leaping in with switch and bicycle kicks. When the fight was brought to the ground, McGregor maintained top control, performing various positional advances, and mitigating his opponent's offence on the ground.
Following the bout with Holloway, an MRI scan revealed that McGregor had torn his anterior cruciate ligament ACL during the bout and would require surgery, keeping him out of action for up to ten months. McGregor began the fight with a signature spinning side kick, before finding his range and successfully landing various taekwondo kicks, and left hand counters. Nonetheless, much of the fight was spent on the ground, as McGregor attained a takedown into the bout.
When the fight returned to the feet in the third minute, McGregor began to employ his left hand cross , and started to cut off the cage. The win earned McGregor his first "Performance of the Night" award. The finish officially came at into the first round.
If McGregor were to win the fight, he would face Aldo for the Featherweight Championship later in McGregor kept distance by using side kicks to the legs of Siver, as well as wild spinning wheel kicks and leaping roundhouse kicks. Much of Siver's most successful offence came by way of oblique side kicks to McGregor's lead leg, and to his chest. McGregor was mostly successful in avoiding his opponent's attack after the first two minutes of the fight, as he would slip underneath any counter left hooks that Siver offered as McGregor stepped in to deliver his left cross.
Siver, a capable Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu  and Judo  practitioner, attempted three takedowns in the first round of the bout, but McGregor was able to avoid all three attempts handily. Despite landing 43 significant strikes to Siver's 27 in the first round, the fight extended into the second round, where McGregor landed over four times as many strikes as his opponent.
After passing Siver's guard , McGregor mounted his opponent and began throwing punches and elbows. Referee Herb Dean officially stopped the fight at of the second round. The win came via TKO. At the weigh-ins, McGregor and Mendes made the pound limit, in front of a record crowd of 11, spectators.
McGregor opened the fight offensively, using a spinning back kick early on, before being taken down by Mendes. On the feet, both exchanged strikes for much of the first two minutes, McGregor landing his signature left cross as well as snap kicks to his opponent's body, and Mendes using hard left hooks and overhand rights.
McGregor made use of his eight-inch reach advantage  by throwing various taekwondo techniques at range, including spinning back kicks and a roundhouse kick. After being hit with an elbow from Mendes, McGregor attempted to escape back to his feet, suffering a striking combination as a result. McGregor's offence remained targeted towards his opponent's body, in an attempt to drain the energy of Mendes.
The third and final successful takedown for round 1 for Mendes occurred at , and led to Mendes passing McGregor's guard and attaining side control , before being pulled back into half guard. Mendes attempted a topside guillotine in the final half a minute of the round, but McGregor was able to escape.
In the final seconds of the round, Mendes was warned repeatedly by referee Herb Dean for sticking his fingers inside a cut above McGregor's eyebrow. Mendes also landed 3 strikes to McGregor on the ground, including the elbow that cut McGregor's eyebrow. In the opening of the second round, McGregor continued to issue damage to Mendes's body, before sprawling to avoid a takedown seconds in.
After a successful variety of boxing combinations, Mendes landed a takedown at Mendes maintained top position for much of the round subsequent to the takedown, landing 13 strikes to McGregor's head. McGregor, remaining offensive on the ground, landed a flurry of 7 elbow strikes to the head of Mendes from onwards.
At of the round, Mendes attempted another topside guillotine from half guard, allowing McGregor to scramble back to his feet and continue his assault at distance. With 10 seconds left in the round, McGregor landed a jab-cross combination that sent Mendes to the canvas. A series of strikes delivered to the grounded Mendes forced Herb Dean to step in and halt the bout at , with 3 seconds remaining in the round.
I can't put into words how grateful I am for everyone supporting me and following me To come in here and just to hear all the support [at the weigh-ins] and today I'm shaken with it. I had bigger injuries leading up to this fight than [Aldo's] bruised rib, and I still showed up here and performed If he wants to come back, he can come back, but I swear to god his day will come.
This would be the second consecutive time McGregor would be scheduled to fight in Las Vegas in the headlining match. He implored everyone on the dais, from members of the pound featherweight division to the pound welterweight division, to "prepare for this fight, because I don't think [Aldo's] showing up Don't use [Mendes'] excuse of camps and all this bullshit.
Stay ready, because [Aldo's] gone running. He stated, "I'm going to unify the belts, I'm going to destroy the [featherweight] division, and then I'm going to take the lightweight division as well. On the week of UFC , Dana White stated his belief that the event would attract more attention than any other mixed martial arts event in history.
During the staredown, both men needed to be separated from one another. The final attendance for the event also broke the Nevada attendance record, with a live attendance figure of 16, When both men met in the centre of the octagon for referee John McCarthy's instructions, Aldo refused to make eye-contact with McGregor, as per his usual pre-fight tradition.
Neither man performed the customary touch of gloves. As the bout began, both men rushed to the centre of the octogon. McGregor threw the first strike, a left cross that failed to connect. Aldo's follow-up counter left hook similarly failed to make contact with McGregor. McGregor, attempting to establish distance, used a front-leg side kick , directed at Aldo's lead leg.
At into the opening round, Aldo stepped into the pocket, feinting a right cross in an attempt to connect with a left hook. But as Aldo attempted this combination, McGregor stepped back and countered with his own left hook. McGregor's power, combined with Aldo's forward momentum, caused Aldo to drop to the canvas. After delivering two additional hammerfists to the grounded Aldo, John McCarthy halted the bout.
The win over Aldo extended his UFC win streak to 7 and overall win streak to But precision beats power, and timing beats speed. He was a phenomenal champion. We deserved to go a little longer. After emphatically dispatching Aldo, McGregor continued to express a desire to move up to the lightweight division and attempt to become the first UFC dual-weight champion.
I will fight you in Brazil. I will go to Ireland to fight you there. Whatever one, man. I'm here to stay. McGregor criticised his opponent throughout the press conference, stating "Rafael dos Anjos is a free TV fighter. He doesn't have much to offer me besides that gold belt He fights on free TV. He hasn't made the company a dime. I like the sound of that pound title as well. I feel like I can take three gold belts.
On 23 February, it was announced that dos Anjos had withdrawn from the fight after breaking his foot. The first minute consisted of McGregor showcasing a variety of kicks, before Diaz initiated a clinch, and forced McGregor to the cage. McGregor, aware that Diaz would bring his head low after delivering a jab-cross combination, attempted to make use of a left uppercut, with varied success.
Diaz's jab kept McGregor at bay for much of the first two minutes, and McGregor found difficulty using the pullback left-hand counter that had knocked out Aldo. At , McGregor connected with a left uppercut counter of Diaz's jab, stunning his opponent for a brief interval.
McGregor's left overhand also proved successful, employed as Diaz lunged in to strike. Diaz's right hook was successful in the first round, catching McGregor as he would step into range. At , during a McGregor combination, Diaz returned fire with two consecutive hooks, one a slap, a signature of Nate and his brother, Nick Diaz , termed the "Stockton Slap".
McGregor avoided Diaz's jabs by slipping to his right, often before throwing his left overhand. At , commentator Mike Goldberg noted that there was "a lot of blood on the right side of the face of Nate Diaz", indicating that McGregor had opened a cut on Diaz. The final minute consisted of both men exchanging blows, before a slow body kick from McGregor led to Diaz taking him down at McGregor swept Diaz's legs, and ended up in his opponent's guard, hammering down with two significant strikes.
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