8 Years In the past: Conor McGregor Makes UFC Debut


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – APRIL 06: Conor McGregor reacts after knocking out Marcus Brimage of their featherweight combat on the Ericsson Globe Area on April 6, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden. (Picture by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC through Getty Pictures)

Right this moment marks the 8-year anniversary of the historic day that Conor McGregor made his UFC debut in Stockholm, Sweden.

It was the day that Conor McGregor proved to the MMA neighborhood that he was greater than succesful for the massive UFC present and never solely that, however that he may win in fast and devastating vogue. He proved that each one the noise and hype coming by on the time of his UFC signing was not a fluke. He was there to receives a commission, takeover the sport, and make his mark within the historical past books; and boy, did he begin off with a bang!

“Conor doesn’t have cash to pay for an additional flight”

Famously, Conor McGregor had picked up his final social welfare verify simply days previous to his debut of round $235 from the Irish authorities.

Here’s a quote from John Kavanagh, his longtime coach, that described the final time McGregor would decide up his social welfare verify.

“Dee [Devlin] drove me and him [Conor McGregor] to the airport. We needed to cease off to gather social welfare on the best way. He’d take footage with individuals and chat with individuals, and I’m like, ‘We’re going to overlook this flight on your UFC debut.’ And I don’t have cash to pay for an additional flight. Conor doesn’t have cash to pay for an additional flight.”

It’s loopy to suppose that at one level, McGregor didn’t even come up with the money for to pay for a flight contemplating he is without doubt one of the richest fight sport athletes at this time. Now he flies non-public jets and is available in a yacht to his combat week. And sure, you heard that right. He arrived to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on a beautiful yacht when he fought Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 after which left on his merry means again on that luxurious huge boat. The person has cash to burn at this time, and but again in 2013, the person needed to accumulate social welfare checks to make ends meet.


The Struggle

McGregor stepped in on the prelims of UFC on FUEL TV 9. The combat itself was emphatic. Marcus Brimage, who had the unlucky process of welcoming the Irishman to the UFC, got here out tremendous aggressive and seemed to land early along with his fists. McGregor stayed calm below the strain, utilizing slick footwork to gauge the gap from the shorter man and used the entrance kick to knock the uber-aggressive Brimage again.

McGregor fought fantastically utilizing speedy boxing combos to wobble Brimage, then pivoting away from hazard. The uppercut from McGregor was the cash shot which wobbled Brimage few instances earlier than one other fast uppercut-hook mixture knocked down the American as McGregor, like a Tiger from above, pounced on his prey to complete him with some brutal floor and pounding.

The entire contest lasted 67 seconds and McGregor earned himself the win. Maybe extra vitally, although, the Irishman earned $16,000 for the win together with a $60,000 Knockout of the Evening bonus. 

“60 G’s child,” McGregor exclaimed with glee in his put up combat interview. It was time to say goodbye to social welfare checks or in McGregor’s phrases to “F*ck off” as he would categorical within the post-fight convention. 

Conor McGregor would go on a legendary run within the UFC as he captured each the featherweight and light-weight belts to turn into the primary ever simultaneous double champion within the UFC. Alongside the best way, he turned a world famous person, bringing new eyeballs to the UFC and ceaselessly change the game of MMA.


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