Conor McGregor Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Conor McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist, professional boxer, and actor born on 14 July 1988. He used to be a champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in two different weight classes at the same time which was a first.

McGregor is known for being good at hitting back when his opponents attack and he’s very accurate and powerful with his punches. He also talks a lot of smack to hype up his fights and that’s why people call him “The Notorious.” But sometimes his behavior gets him into trouble.

He’s super popular and has broken records for pay-per-view (PPV) fights in MMA. His fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov was watched by a record number of people. McGregor also tried boxing against Floyd Mayweather Jr. but he lost. Still, millions of people watched that fight too showing how big of a star he is.

In 2021, Forbes said McGregor was the highest-paid athlete in the world making a ton of money. He’s been on that list before showing just how much of an impact he’s had on sports and entertainment.

Full NameConor McGregor
Date of BirthJuly 14, 1988
Place of BirthDublin, Ireland
OccupationProfessional MMA Fighter, Entrepreneur
Height5 feet 9 inches (175 cm)
SpouseDee Devlin
ChildrenConor Jack McGregor Jr., 
Croía Mairéad McGregor, 
Rían McGregor, 
Mack McGregor
Net Worth$200 million

Conor McGregor’s Early Life and Education

Conor McGregor Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Conor Anthony McGregor a well-known MMA fighter was born in Dublin Ireland. He grew up in Crumlin and went to Irish-language schools. During primary school he attended Gaelscoil Scoil Mológa in Harold’s Cross and for secondary school he went to Gaelcholáiste Coláiste de hÍde in Tallaght. McGregor loved sports especially football and played for Lourdes Celtic Football Club when he was younger.

When he was 12 McGregor started boxing at Crumlin Boxing Club. He did this to protect himself from bullies and to boost his confidence. In 2006 McGregor and his family moved to Lucan Dublin where he went to Gaelcholáiste Coláiste Cois Life and also began training as a plumber.

During his time in Lucan McGregor met Tom Egan who later became a UFC fighter. They trained in mixed martial arts (MMA) together. McGregor’s idols while growing up were Naseem Hamed Muhammad Ali and Bruce Lee.

Conor McGregor Career

Early Setbacks to UFC Stardom

Conor McGregor Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

On March 9, 2008, Conor McGregor had his first official MMA fight as a lightweight. He beat Gary Morris in the second round with a TKO. After winning another fight against Mo Taylor McGregor moved to the featherweight division but lost to Artemij Sitenkov because of a kneebar move.

Despite this loss, McGregor won against Stephen Bailey and thought about quitting MMA. But his mom convinced him to keep going. He then beat Connor Dillon and fought Joseph Duffy where he lost again due to an arm-triangle choke.

From 2011 to 2012, Conor McGregor went on a winning streak winning eight fights in a row. During this time he became the first European fighter to hold titles in two divisions at the same time: CWFC Featherweight and Lightweight championships.

In February 2013, Dana White the UFC president came to Dublin and got a lot of requests to sign McGregor. After meeting him and talking to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta White offered McGregor a contract a few days later.

Knockout of the Night & Unfortunate ACL Injury

In February 2013, the UFC signed Conor McGregor to fight in multiple matches. He became only the second Irish fighter to join after Tom Egan. McGregor made his UFC debut on April 6, 2013, against Marcus Brimage at UFC on Fuel TV. He won the fight by knocking out Brimage in the first round earning his first “Knockout of the Night” award.

McGregor was supposed to fight Andy Ogle on August 17, 2013, but Ogle got injured and was replaced by Max Holloway who later became the UFC Featherweight Champion. McGregor won this fight by unanimous decision. After this fight, McGregor found out he tore his ACL and needed surgery which meant he would be out of action for about ten months.

From ACL Recovery to Back-to-Back Performance of the Night Awards

Conor McGregor Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Conor McGregor was supposed to fight Cole Miller on July 19, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 46. This was going to be his first fight after getting better from his ACL injury. But Miller couldn’t fight because of a thumb injury so Diego Brandão took his place. The match took place in Dublin Ireland with a loud crowd of 9500 people. McGregor won the fight in the first round earning his first Performance of the Night award.

Before his next fight, McGregor signed a new contract with the UFC after meeting with Lorenzo Fertitta. He then fought Dustin Poirier on September 27, 2014 at UFC 178. Even though McGregor landed fewer significant strikes than Poirier he still won in the first round. McGregor pressured Poirier and then landed a left hook behind his ear causing the referee to stop the fight at 1:46 into the first round. This was Poirier’s first loss via KO/TKO in the UFC and McGregor received his second “Performance of the Night” award in a row.

TKO Triumph and Unmatched UFC Streak

Conor McGregor fought against Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night 59 on January 18, 2015. He won the match by TKO in the second round, which also got him his third consecutive “Performance of the Night” award.

From the Announcement to Record-Breaking Success

Conor McGregor From the Announcement to Record Breaking Success

Conor McGregor’s big fight with Aldo was first announced on January 30, 2015 during the UFC 183 Q&A event. He said they’d be facing off on July 11 2015 at UFC 189 for the UFC Featherweight Championship. The fight was a big deal part of the UFC’s International Fight Week at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The UFC was super excited about this fight so they spent a lot of money promoting it. Dana White the head of the UFC even said they spent more money promoting this fight than any other in UFC history.

Before the fight, Conor McGregor and Aldo went on a 12-day tour to eight cities in five countries. They visited places like Rio de Janeiro and Dublin. But a few weeks before the fight Aldo got hurt and had to pull out. McGregor still fought though facing Chad Mendes instead and winning the Interim Featherweight Championship.

The fight was a huge success breaking attendance and gate records in Nevada and the United States. McGregor’s entrance song was sung live adding to the excitement. After that McGregor coached on The Ultimate Fighter show where one of his team members ended up winning the whole competition.

UFC History Made in Just 13 Seconds!

On August 10, it was announced that the event would happen on December 12. McGregor would fight José Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship. At the weigh-ins, both McGregor and Aldo made weight at 145 pounds. McGregor knocked out Aldo with a left hook just 13 seconds into the first round. This ended Aldo’s seven-year title reign and 18-fight win streak. McGregor won the title and got the “Performance of the Night” bonus. This knockout was the fastest in UFC history for a title fight.

McGregor vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 196

Conor McGregor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 196

Conor McGregor fought Nate Diaz who won The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 and was a former UFC Lightweight Championship contender on March 5, 2016, at UFC 196. They fought in the welterweight category. Before the fight on February 24, 2016, there was a press conference where they insulted each other to promote the event. Then on March 3 during a face-off at another press conference McGregor and Diaz had a brief fight after McGregor hit Diaz’s hand.

The fight itself started with both fighters throwing punches in the first round. Diaz used his signature move the “Stockton Slap” and landed some good hits. McGregor also landed some good body shots. However, Diaz managed to defend against McGregor’s takedown attempt and then caught him in a guillotine choke. McGregor couldn’t escape and tapped out in the second round at 4 minutes and 12 seconds.

Even though Conor McGregor lost both fighters received bonuses for their performance with McGregor getting the highest disclosed purse ever in UFC history up to that point at $1000000. McGregor admitted he didn’t perform well and praised Diaz’s energy and skills.

UFC 202 Victory Breaks Pay-Per-View Records

Conor McGregor was supposed to fight Diaz again on July 9th at UFC 200. But on April 19th, UFC said McGregor couldn’t fight because he didn’t do some interviews about the fight. So, they moved the fight to UFC 202, a month later. McGregor won that fight by a little bit, and it was a really popular event, breaking a record for how many people bought it on pay-per-view.

Historic UFC 205 Victory

On September 27, it was officially announced that Conor McGregor’s next fight would be against Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship on November 12, at UFC 205. During the fight, McGregor knocked down Alvarez several times in the first round. In the second round, McGregor used a combination of punches to defeat Alvarez through technical knockout. This victory made McGregor the first fighter to hold UFC championships in two different weight classes repeating a similar achievement he had at Cage Warriors earlier in his career. McGregor’s performance earned him the “Performance of the Night” award and is considered one of his best fights in the octagon.

Featherweight Championship Saga

On November 26, McGregor gave up the Featherweight Championship because he hadn’t fought in that weight class. This move made José Aldo the new champion. McGregor’s coach later clarified that McGregor didn’t willingly give up the title; instead, he was stripped of it.

Pauses UFC Career for First Child

After becoming the lightweight champion at UFC 205 Conor McGregor said he would pause his UFC career to be there for his first baby expected in 2017. In early 2017 he mainly talked about wanting to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. After many talks they agreed on June 14, 2017, to fight on August 26. The fight ended in the 10th round with Mayweather winning by TKO.

Prepares for Historic UFC 229 Return Against Khabib Nurmagomedov

Conor McGregor Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

After UFC 223 ended on April 7, Conor McGregor lost his UFC Lightweight Championship title because he hadn’t fought in a while. Khabib Nurmagomedov became the new champion by defeating Al Iaquinta at the same event.

On August 3, it was announced that McGregor would return to fight for the first time since November 2016. He was set to challenge the undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6. This match was one of the most anticipated in UFC history, with a lot of excitement leading up to it. In the end, Nurmagomedov won by making McGregor submit with a neck crank in the fourth round.

Announces Retirement Amid UFC Negotiation Speculations

On March 26, 2019, Conor McGregor told everyone on social media that he was retiring. But UFC president Dana White thought McGregor was just trying to get a piece of the company. White said he didn’t think McGregor’s retirement would stick, mentioning that they talked often and he believed McGregor would fight again. Before this, McGregor had tweeted that he wanted to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov again, saying they would meet in the Octagon.

Historic Victory and Record-Breaking Knockout Streak

After more than a year away from the Octagon Conor McGregor returned to fight Donald Cerrone in a welterweight match on January 18, 2020, at UFC 246. McGregor won the fight by technical knockout just 40 seconds into the first round. This victory earned him the Performance of the Night award. McGregor’s win made him the first UFC fighter to achieve knockout finishes in three different weight classes: featherweight lightweight and welterweight. However, on June 6, 2020, McGregor again announced that he was retiring from fighting.

UFC 257 & 264 Losses

Conor McGregor UFC 257 264 Losses

Despite talking about possibly stopping fighting, Conor McGregor was scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier again at UFC 257 on January 24, 2021. This was a rematch from their 2014 fight. However, McGregor lost this time in the second round due to a technical knockout, the first time he had been knocked out in his career. Because of this knockout, McGregor had to take a 6-month break from fighting for medical reasons.

Then, McGregor fought Dustin Poirier for the third time on July 10, 2021, at UFC 264. Sadly, McGregor lost again, this time in the first round. The doctor at the ringside stopped the fight because McGregor had broken his tibia, which meant he couldn’t continue.

Coaching The Ultimate Fighter 31

After taking time off to recover from a leg injury, Conor McGregor returned to coach The Ultimate Fighter 31 alongside Michael Chandler. The show was filmed starting in February 2023 and aired from May to August 2023. As a result, McGregor was set to fight Chandler in a welterweight match at UFC 303 on June 29, 2024.

Mixed Martial Arts Combat Style

Conor McGregor is good at hitting back when someone attacks him in a fight. He likes to stand up and fight rather than go to the ground. People say he’s very accurate when he throws punches and can knock people out easily. McGregor usually fights with his left hand in front but sometimes he switches it up. He often tries to be the one attacking during a fight.

Outside of the ring, McGregor is known for talking a lot of trash to his opponents and trying to mess with their heads before a fight. That’s why people call him ‘The Notorious’. Some even compare him to Muhammad Ali who was famous for his trash talk too. McGregor looks up to Ali and Bruce Lee as inspirations. Sometimes he’s respectful to his opponents before a fight like with Donald Cerrone and Dustin Poirier but other times he goes all out with the trash talk, especially in his recent fight with Poir

Professional Boxing Career

Mayweather vs. McGregor: The Record-Breaking Fight for Millions

Conor McGregor Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

On June 14, 2017, it was announced that Conor McGregor would have his first professional boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. who had never been defeated before. This match was set to take place on August 26, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise Nevada. People in the US could watch it on Showtime PPV and in the UK it was available on Sky Sports Box Office. They fought in the super welterweight category which means they had to weigh no more than 154 pounds and they wore 8 oz. gloves. This match was anticipated to be one of the most financially successful fights in boxing history.

On August 24, 2017, it was announced that Mayweather and McGregor would also compete for the WBC Money Belt. Mayweather was guaranteed a purse of $100 million while McGregor was guaranteed $30 million according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Mayweather won the match by TKO (technical knockout) in the 10th round with the scorecards showing that Mayweather was ahead 87–83 89–82 and 89–81. The Nevada State Athletic Commission reported that the event made $55414865.79 from selling 13094 tickets. Thanks to the success of pay-per-view sales Mayweather reportedly earned around $280 million overall while McGregor walked away with about $130 million.

What Is Conor McGregor’s Net Worth?

Conor McGregor’s Net Worth is estimated to be $200 Million as of 2024, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

Business ventures

Whiskey Venture

In September 2018, Conor McGregor started selling Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey in Ireland and the US. He named it after the area in Dublin where he grew up.

In 2021, McGregor and his partners sold most of their shares in the company to Proximo Spirits for about $600 million.

In August 2022, McGregor’s friend Artem Lobov claimed that McGregor was thinking of making vodka at first, but Lobov suggested whiskey instead. Lobov also said he did a lot of the work behind the scenes. Later that year, Lobov sued McGregor, wanting 5% of the $600 million from the 2021 deal. McGregor got mad and said things about Lobov on social media. Lobov then sued McGregor for saying mean things. In January 2023, the judge said Lobov’s lawsuit was wrong, and Lobov had to pay the legal fees.

Conor McGregor Pub Ventures

Pub Ventures

In 2020, McGregor bought a pub in South Dublin and changed its name to the Black Forge Inn. Two years later, the pub was attacked with petrol bombs.

In 2021, McGregor got another pub called the Marble Arch in Dublin. He had gotten into trouble at this place before, when he assaulted someone there in April 2019.

Personal life

Conor McGregor and Dee Devlin

McGregor has two sisters named Erin and Aoife. He’s been with his fiancée Dee Devlin since 2008 and they have four kids.

He trains a lot at the Mjölnir gym in Reykjavík with his UFC buddy Gunnar Nelson. McGregor doesn’t have any special things he does before fights because he thinks they’re just fear.

He’s Catholic and loves football. He cheers for Celtic and Manchester United and he’s also a fan of Paris Saint-Germain because he’s buddies with Sergio Ramos.

Controversies

Driving Troubles

In November 2017, McGregor admitted to driving too fast in Rathcoole County Dublin and got a €400 fine. A year later in November 2018 he admitted to speeding in Kill County Kildare and was fined €1000 and banned from driving for six months.

Then on March 22, 2022, McGregor was arrested in Dublin for a bunch of driving offenses like dangerous driving driving without insurance or a license and not having his documents. The Irish police took his car but he got it back when he was released on bail. He’s supposed to go to court in April 2022 and if found guilty he could face a fine of up to €5000 six months in jail or both.

Later on June 23, 2022, McGregor went to court again for what happened in March. He’s out on bail again waiting for more charges related to dangerous driving. He hasn’t said if he’s guilty or not and the judge told him to come back on September 8 2022 for further instructions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

On September 8, McGregor got hit with another charge for careless driving on top of the six charges he already had for the March incident. Originally the trial was supposed to start in January 2023 but McGregor’s defense said he couldn’t make it because he was sick. So the judge decided the trial would start on July 31, 2024.

Controversial Cage Invasion at Bellator 187

Conor McGregor Controversial Cage Invasion at Bellator 187

On November 10, 2017, Conor McGregor’s teammate Charlie Ward had his first fight at Bellator 187 in Dublin against John Redmond. Ward won by knocking out Redmond in the first round. McGregor got excited and jumped into the cage even though he wasn’t supposed to be there because he wasn’t an official cornerman.

When McGregor jumped in the referee Marc Goddard was still figuring out if the knockout happened before the bell rang and if Redmond was okay. McGregor got into a heated argument with Goddard and in the chaos he accidentally pushed Redmond down when he was trying to stand up.

After a few minutes, McGregor left the cage but continued celebrating by climbing on top of it. A commissioner stopped him and McGregor slapped the commissioner’s face out of frustration.

Later the commission in charge of the event said McGregor’s actions put the fighters’ safety at risk. They also mentioned McGregor’s assault on the referee and a Bellator staff member.

Notorious Bus Incident

On April 3, 2018, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Artem Lobov had a small fight at a hotel in Brooklyn New York. Lobov is a friend of McGregor who has had issues with Nurmagomedov in the past.

On April 5, 2018, McGregor and a group of around twenty people tried to confront Nurmagomedov at the Barclays Center during a UFC event. McGregor grabbed a metal dolly and threw it at a bus Nurmagomedov was on breaking a window and injuring fighters like Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg. Lobov was also pulled from his fight because of his involvement.

Dana White UFC president said there was a warrant out for McGregor’s arrest and the NYPD considered him a person of interest. McGregor turned himself in later that night. He was charged with assault and criminal mischief among other things and released on bail.

McGregor later pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct and was ordered to do community service and attend anger management classes. Chiesa filed a lawsuit against McGregor for the injuries he suffered in the attack.

Miami Incident Resolved with Lawsuit Dropped

Conor McGregor Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

On March 11, 2019, McGregor got in trouble outside the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach Florida. He got into a fight with a fan who was trying to take a photo with him using a cellphone. Security footage caught McGregor hitting the man grabbing his phone and smashing it on the ground. The police arrested him and charged him with strong-armed robbery and criminal mischief. McGregor spent a few hours in jail before posting a $5000 bond and getting released.

Later on March 14, 2019, news came out that McGregor was being sued by the fan in a civil lawsuit. But by April 8 the fan dropped the lawsuit against McGregor. Then on May 13, the criminal charges against McGregor were also dropped. The fan’s lawyer said McGregor had settled things with his client out of court so they didn’t need to pursue the charges anymore.