Conor McGregor’s meteoric rise to superstardom in the fighting world of both mixed martial arts and boxing began in modest surroundings in 2007.
Rare footage has re-emerged from 13 years ago of Conor McGregor annihilating opponent Ciaran Campbell in his hometown of Dublin.
The fight between soon-to-be named Notorious and Campbell was at a Ring of Truth event at the Ringside Boxing Club in the Irish capital.
The video shows the physical transformation of McGregor, 18 at the time, who is free of tattoos and more svelte than the 170lbs monster that swaggers around the Octagon today.
What hasn’t changed in the intervening years, however, is his trademark style. During the fight he bounces around the ring, drips with confidence and throws his left-hand to a devastating degree.
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In the footage, McGregor drops Campbell to the canvas with that savage left before confirming the victory with an insanely quick sequence.
Just a year later, McGregor turned professional, having already shown a glimpse into his future.
He won several championships as he bounced around several promotions before settling on Dana White’s UFC.
McGregor would take his first professional MMA fight at a Cage of Truth event in March 2008 in a second-round knockout of Gary Morris.
The Notorious suffered two defeats prior to his UFC debut, the second of which came at his first Cage Warriors fight in a submission defeat to Joseph Duffy.
McGregor racked up a number of victories having made the transition from featherweight to lightweight and returned to Cage Warriors in 2011 with a first-round knockout of Aaron Jahsen in Jordan, his first overseas fight.
In 2012, McGregor dominated the featherweight and lightweight divisions in the Cage Warriors promotion, winning both weight division’s titles.
McGregor made his UFC debut in April 2013 with a win over Marcus Brimage, earning knockout of the night. The Notorious would win three successive performance of the night accolades in a succession of victories that led to him unifying the UFC Featherweight Championship at UFC 194 against Jose Aldo.
McGregor has since been stopped twice in the Octagon, flitting between lightweight and welterweight. He returned after 15 months away from the Octagon in January to knockout Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone inside 40 seconds.
McGregor has mastered the Octagon, but he’s also ventured into the squared circle, luring Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather out of retirement for a money-spinning tie in Las Vegas.
That fight alone earned McGregor a reported $85million.News Now - Sport News