Everyone in the sporting world knows exactly who Conor McGregor is, especially after his exploits last weekend.
The Irishman became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles at the same time after he beat Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight belt to his middleweight belt.
But every sporting hero has to start somewhere and footage has emerged of a young McGregor early in his career.
McGregor, as an acne-faced 20-year-old, gave an interview just five fights into his MMA life.
“I’m a professional MMA fighter with a record of four and one,” McGregror said.
He had made his MMA debut back in March 2008, and suffered an early loss via submission against Artemij Sitenkov.
However, that didn’t stop McGregor from predicting his UFC career eight years ago - and he absolutely nailed it.
When asked about what he wants from life, he responded: “My dream is to be World Lightweight Champion in the UFC. Have more money than I know what to do with. And have a great life for my kids, grandkids and everyone in my family.
“My goal is to be number one in MMA.”
"Lightweight champion in the UFC" - check.
"Have more money that he knows what to do with" - check
"Have a great life for my kids" - after beating Alvarez, McGregor announced he was taking a break from UFC because his girlfriend is pregnant and expecting their first child.
"Grandkids" - well, not quite yet but McGregor is only 28 so there’s still plenty of time for that.
"Number one in MMA" - absolutely.
Some people may watch this interview and think that McGregor comes across as arrogant and cocky. But the fact that he’s backed-up everything he has said and worked hard to reach the highest level, you’ve got to fully respect him.
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