It’s the latest chapter of a impressive preventing timeline that noticed him make his identify with a exceptional 4-combat run with U.K.-primarily based marketing Cage Warriors to gain himself a shot in the huge time with the UFC.
McGregor’s Cage Warriors stint observed him claim 4 finishes, with 3 of them coming in the first spherical. He kicked off his Cage Warriors stint with a first-spherical TKO of Aron Jahnsen in September 2011, then followed up with a different initial-round finish, as he stopped Steve O’Keefe with elbows at Cage Warriors 45 in February 2012.
Those people wins put him in line for a shot at the vacant Cage Warriors featherweight title, and the Dubliner completed Dave Hill through 2nd-round submission to select up his 1st main title. He then moved up to light-weight and spectacularly knocked out Ivan Buchinger at Cage Warriors 51 in Dublin to turn into a two-division winner and put himself firmly on the radar of Dana White, who subsequently signed him to the UFC.
The rest, as they say, is heritage. McGregor claimed interim featherweight gold at UFC 189 with a TKO of Chad Mendes, then knocked out Jose Aldo to turn out to be the undisputed 145-pound winner at UFC 194. He then went on to become the UFC’s 1st simultaneous two-division winner at UFC 205 when he completed Eddie Alvarez to gain the light-weight belt at Madison Sq. Back garden.
Having said that, McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) has not received a title battle considering the fact that that night, and the Irishman options to thrust himself one particular action closer to an additional shot at the lightweight title when he will take on previous rival Poirier (26-6 MMA, 18-5 UFC) on “UFC Fight Island” later on this thirty day period.
Ahead of his return to the octagon on Jan. 23, relive McGregor’s four-combat run in Cage Warriors by means of the video earlier mentioned.