Conor McGregor is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. But did you know that he had to take odd jobs to achieve his dreams?
The Irish-born mixed martial artist lives a lavish lifestyle but he has fought his multi-million dollar fortune from pure grind. His life reads an interesting rags to riches story and his lavish lifestyle is just the tip of the iceberg. Conor McGregor comes from a working-class family from the suburbs of Dublin, through childhood gyms, a stint as a plumber’s apprentice, and eventual worldwide fame as the most dominant fighter in the plant.
Fans describe him as being both fearless and ferocious, but Conor’s parents weren’t fond of him being a fighter. However, he has proved them wrong with his $200 million net worth and they are happy to see him at his heights.
Conor McGregor was born in Crumlin, Ireland on July 14, 1988, to parents Tony and Mags. His parents claim that his fists were clenched when he was born.
He then moved to Dublin, where he met his now longtime coach, John Kavanagh. After going into one of Kavanagh’s gyms, McGregor beat up two of the best fighters there in a sparring session that he took a bit too seriously.
McGregor took part in his first MMA fight on March 8, 2008, for the London-based promotion Cage Warriors, defeating Gary Morris by TKO in the second round. He managed to go 4-2 through his first six fights before starting the winning streak that would take him to international fame.
Just a week before that fight he had picked up a welfare check for 188 euros to help him get by, but McGregor took home the prize for Knockout of the Night that night and the $60,000 bonus that came with it. Later in life, he would name his boat “The 188” in memory of those checks.
UFC Dana White was impressed with Conor’s performance. He said, “First of all, it’s his first fight ever in the UFC. He walked out tonight and got into the octagon like it was his 100th fight in the UFC.”
Conor continued his dominance from there onwards, winning five more fights, four of which didn’t make it through two rounds, and claimed the interim UFC Featherweight Championship against Chad Mendes.
This put McGregor in a position to face Jose Aldo in a unification bout for the UFC Featherweight Championship. In the lead-up to the fight, McGregor was as cocky as ever, saying “I’m going to unify the belts, I’m going to destroy the [featherweight] division, and then I’m going to take the lightweight division as well.”
On December 12, 2015, McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds. It was the fastest finish ever for a UFC title fight.
True to his word, McGregor set out to win in the lightweight division, and a fight with Rafael dos Anjos for the title was set for UFC 196 in March, but dos Anjos had to withdraw after breaking his foot, leading former lightweight contender Nate Diaz to step up on short notice to face McGregor.
Conor had to gain some weight to fight Diaz since he had been training as a welterweight at 170 pounds.
Unfortunately, this fight was Conor’s first loss, ever since he debuted in UFC.
In 2016 McGregor became the first mixed martial artist to appear on Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid athletes, taking $22 million on the year between his fights with Diaz, Aldo, and a variety of sponsorships.
After a series of negotiations that included McGregor being dropped from the UFC 200 for refusing to go on a press tour promoting the fight, “McGregor-Diaz 2” was set for UFC 202.
The fight was a bloodbath, thrilling fans around the world. It would go down as one of McGregor’s most memorable performances in the octagon.
In the end, McGregor outlasted Diaz in a rare fight for Conor that went all five rounds. Both recieved “Fight of the Night” honors, with Conor winning by majority decision.
Just three months later, he would challenge Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship. He won by TKO in the second round and become a two-division champion.After the win, McGregor said that he would take time off from fighting to wait for the birth of his child.
On May 5, 2017, Conor Jack McGregor Jr. was born. McGregor often shows himself as a happy dad on Instagram.
At the fight, Khabib dominated McGregor, eventually forcing him to tap out in the fourth round.
When the final bell rang, Khabib would leap out of the octagon and start a brawl with some of McGregor’s teammates, resulting in suspensions for both fighters.
Despite the loss, McGregor was expected to return to the octagon in 2019, having signed a six-fight deal with the UFC ahead of the Khabib fight. But shocking, he announced his retirement from fighting.
But as is often the case, McGregor’s retirement didn’t stick, and he began needling for a rematch with Khabib.
Meanwhile, McGregor had more trouble with the law.In March of 2019, McGregor was arrested after an encounter with a fan in Miami, slapping a phone out his hand and stomping on it.
Then in April, McGregor reportedly punched an older man in a Dublin pub after he refused a shot of the Irish fighter’s whiskey.
Over the course of the year, the New York Times also reported on two separate accusations of sexual assault against McGregor, but Conor denied.
Eventually, McGregor started focusing on his return to UFC and longtime UFC contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone emerged as a potential opponent.
McGregor made quick work of Cerrone, knocking the Cowboy out in just 40 seconds after opening the fight with a devastating shoulder charge and ending it with a brutal series of punches.
A few months after the fight, McGregor announced his retirement once again, but it wouldn’t last long.
Conor McGregor’s career has been filled with highs and lows, all of them generating the publicity that he required to fuel his ego and line his bank account with an enormous amount of wealth.
Today, McGregor’s life is a far cry from the one he once knew in Ireland. He is surrounded by private jets, luxury cars, big-name labels and owns multi-million dollar mansions.
Conor McGregor has also diversified his earnings to include far more than fight money. Proper No. 12 Whiskey was his whiskey brand, which sold for an astronomical amount of money, positioning him as one of the highest earners in this arena.