A former two-division UFC champion, ‘The Notorious One’ became the first person in the company’s history to hold two titles in separate divisions.
With all the accolades and multi-millions of dollars the Dublin fighter has stacked up, his moniker however, has always been one without flaws.
Indeed, footage has again been doing the rounds on social media of one of McGregor’s early career bouts from 2008.
In just his second professional career fight against Mo Taylor in May of that year, a youthful McGregor put on a brutal beatdown of his opponent in his home city at Cage Rage in Dublin.
As posted on Twitter by @MMAHistoryToday, fans and scouts alike caught an early glimpse of a future world champion, as the Irishman picked up his first stoppage victory inside a single round with a flurry of trademark left hands to a stricken Taylor’s head and torso.
It was a display that became familiar to his growing legion of fans in the years to come.
Interestingly, in his next fight, McGregor lost after stepping up to featherweight to make his debut against Artemij Sitenkov courtesy of a kneebar but it was a division that would go on to make McGregor a household name.
Winning gold for the first time against Chad Mendes at UFC 189 in July 2015, McGregor claimed the Interim Featherweight Championship after Jose Aldo was forced to withdraw through a rib injury.
As a fit Aldo then returned to face McGregor’ in his first title defence later that year, McGregor defeated the Brazilian via KO just thirteen seconds into the contest after a left hook.
Still standing as one of his most explosive and memorable wins, his victory over Taylor some 14 years ago may not have been as well documented, but McGregor’s brutal streak with clearly in evidence.
The question UFC fans may be asking now is, will we again get another glimpse of the same McGregor inside the Octagon?