At the end of the rematch with Poirier in January of this year, which Conor lost by TKO in the second round, McGregor promised a lot. That Dustin would die in the Octagon, and that Conor was more dangerous than ever. But it turned out that nothing had changed since the last fight: the Irishman had completely lost all his former skills and could not oppose anything to Poirier, who’s still as strong as ever. But the surprising thing was that Conor was able to maintain the actual pace for only a minute and a half. McGregor defended for a while, but a minute before the bell, he began to miss punches one by one, and Poirier could have knocked him out at that moment. However, the fight was destined to end differently. Former UFC champion in two weight classes, Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier and broke his leg, which could bring the Irishman’s career to an end. However, the famous fighter has a lot of early victories on his account. Let’s remember his five most striking wins.
McGregor fought the Brazilian athlete, Jose Aldo in December 2015 at UFC 194. A serious prize was at stake then: the featherweight champion belt. Immediately after the start of the fight, Aldo began to attack, but McGregor threw a left hook. Jose immediately got knocked out, and Conor managed to punch him several times before the referee stopped the fight. The fight lasted only 13 seconds. As a result, McGregor became the owner of the championship belt.
McGregor fought Ivan Buchinger from Slovakia in December 2012 at the CWFC 51 Championship. The winner would become the lightweight championship titleholder. The Irishman knocked out his opponent with a strong left hook. As a result of the victory, Conor received the coveted belt.
In April 2011, McGregor fought his compatriot Paddy Doherty in the Immortal Fighting Championship 4. It took Conor only four seconds to knock out his opponent. A left hook floored Doherty. The knockout in this fight remains the fastest in McGregor’s entire career.
McGregor faced the American Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 at UFC 205. The championship belt was on the line again. This time, the winner was awarded the lightweight title. The fight was stopped in the second round. The Irish fighter knocked his opponent down on the canvas and delivered several final blows. After that, the judge stopped the fight. This victory made Conor the UFC champion in two weight categories (at that time, he already owned a featherweight belt).
McGregor and Mike Wood fought at CC 8 in March 2011. As soon as the first round began, the Irishman threw two left uppercuts, which sent Wood to the canvas. Conor began to finish off the opponent, but the referee stopped the fight and recorded the victory of the Irishman by knockout.
Unfortunately, in the fight against Dustin Poirier on July 11 at UFC 264 McGregor failed to throw his famous knockout punch. The Irishman approached this battle with 22 wins and five losses. Poirier had 27 wins and six losses.
Conor tried to win and gave everything to the fight, but he was stopped by his broken leg in the first round. Poirier won by TKO. Bookmakers (the best sports betting companies can be found in the rating of the Meta.reviews portal) expected such an outcome: the probability of the American winning, according to their estimates, was 56%, odds on the Irishman was 46%.
McGregor, 32, has already successfully undergone leg surgery. So far, nothing has been reported about the timing of recovery and his further career.