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Conor McGregor - Net Worth, MMA, Early Life

McGregor is not just a mixed martial artist. He is a businessman, a social media giant, and a seemingly constant source of controversy. Love him or hate him, McGregor is undoubtedly box-office in whichever pursuit he follows.

Conor McGregor in a suit
Net Worth $300 million
Source Of WealthMMA
Born14th July 1988
Birth NameConor Anthony McGregor
Height5ft 9in (175cm)

In a 2017 article for Time Magazine, in tribute to his inclusion in the magazine's Most Influential list for that year, Arnold Schwarzenegger gave a fitting description of Conor McGregor. He was, Schwarzenegger wrote, "more than a fighter, more than an athlete, more than a champion." Indeed, Dublin-born McGregor seems too larger than life to be put in any one box.

The article praised McGregor for his "rare personality," "enormous character," for being "razor-sharp," and having "a fire in his belly that can't be quenched with championship belts." Put simply, Schwarzenegger argued, there are "no brakes that can stop his engine."

In this blog post, we will everything you need to know about Notorious, including his early life, career, net worth, relationships, family, and controversies. Let's get started.

Early Life

Conor Anthony McGregor was born in July 1988, in the working-class Dublin suburb of Crumlin. As a child, he attended Irish-language schools where he developed a passion for sports, including soccer. Having played soccer for local youth side Lourdes Celtic Football Club, he later joined Crumlin Boxing Club as a means of building his confidence and defending himself from bullies.

When he was still a teenager, McGregor and his family moved to Lucan, a town west of Dublin. Following completion of his schooling, he began a plumbing apprenticeship. It was here in Lucan where McGregor first met future UFC fighter Tom Egan, with whom he began practicing mixed martial arts.

2007

In early 2007, an 18-year-old McGregor made his mixed martial arts debut in an amateur fight in Dublin. Fighting against Kieran Campbell, he won in the first round via technical knockout.

After the fight, McGregor signed a professional contract with the Irish Cage of Truth promotion and later began training under John Kavanagh at the Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in Dublin. Kavanagh would form a central part of McGregor's team and future successes.

2008 to 2013

Just over a year after his amateur debut, McGregor had his first professional MMA bout in March 2008. He won with a second-round technical knockout against Gary Morris. A second victory followed before a loss in his featherweight debut against Artemij Sitenkov. Around this time, McGregor was contemplating a different career path before Kavanagh urged him to continue his career in mixed martial arts.

McGregor had further successes in the featherweight division before dropping down to lightweight and his second professional loss (against Joseph Duffy). Following this defeat, McGregor went on an eight-fight winning streak between 2011 and 2012.

During this time, he claimed both the CWFC Lightweight and Featherweight championships. He became the first European professional mixed martial artist to hold two titles in different divisions at the same time.

McGregor's big break came in 2013 when the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Dana White, made a visit to Dublin to collect an award from Trinity College. Following a meeting here with McGregor, White offered him a contract to join the UFC. McGregor became just the second Irishman to join the UFC, after his friend Tom Egan.

Wasting no time, he made his UFC debut in early April against Marcus Brimage, winning in round one via knockout. This performance earned the debutant the award for "Knockout of the Night", casting an instant spotlight on the new fighter. In August, McGregor beat Max Holloway by unanimous decision, though tore his anterior cruciate ligament, which resulted in a long spell out of the octagon.

2014

McGregor made his UFC comeback in July of 2014, facing Diego Brandão at UFC Fight Night 46 in Dublin. In front of a boisterous home crowd, McGregor claimed a first-round victory and earned the award for "Performance of the Night" (his first as a UFC fighter).

In Las Vegas for UFC 178, having recently signed a new multi-fight UFC contract, McGregor claimed another first-round victory (against Dustin Poirier), which earned him a second straight "Performance of the Night" award.

2015

Already widely popular within UFC, 2015 would prove to be the year that McGregor truly became a global star. In January of that year, he beat Dennis Siver via a second-round technical knockout and claimed a third straight "Performance of the Night" award.

Later that month, a highly anticipated fight with Brazilian José Aldo was announced. The fight was scheduled for July as the undisputed UFC Featherweight Championship and there followed an enormous promotional effort by the UFC. However, an injury to Aldo postponed the fight, and instead, McGregor fought and beat Chad Mendes for the UFC Interim Featherweight Championship.

It was announced in August that the Featherweight Championship unification bout against Aldo would take place in December. The fight proved to be one of the most stunning in UFC history. Just 13 seconds into the contest, McGregor knocked out Aldo to claim the title and earn another "Performance of the Night" award.

2016

Coming off an incredible 2015, McGregor was the poster boy for the sport and its biggest name. In March of 2016, however, McGregor suffered his first UFC loss (against Nate Diaz). The Irishman was forced to tap out in the second round.

A rematch was then scheduled against Diaz for July at UFC 200. However, due to failing to fulfill media obligations related to the fight, McGregor was pulled from the event. The rescheduled bout took place at UFC 202, in which McGregor won by majority decision.

In November, McGregor became a two-division champion. He overcame Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to capture the UFC Lightweight Championship via technical knockout in the second round. This was the first time that any UFC fight held championships in two different weight classes.

2017

McGregor took time off from UFC in 2017 and celebrated the birth of his first child. Following much speculation and publicity, a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr was confirmed in July. The fight would take place in August, with Mayweather winning by technical knockout in the 10th round.

2018 to Present

For his first UFC fight since 2016, McGregor fought Khabib Nurmagomedov in October. Followed considerable pre-fight hype, Nurmagomedov came out on top in the fourth round.

McGregor announced his retirement from mixed martial arts in March 2019 via social media. However, he made a return to the octagon in January 2020, beating Donald Cerrone via technical knockout after just 40 seconds. He then announced a second retirement from fighting in June.

Once again coming out of retirement, McGregor returned to UFC in a rematch against Dustin Poirier in January of 2021. Poirier beat McGregor via technical knockout in the second round. Following the knockout, the Irishman was handed a 6–month medical suspension.

In July, McGregor returned to the ring, facing Poirier for the third time. He once again lost and suffered a broken tibia in round one of the bout.

Career Earnings

As noted above, McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimmage, winning in round one via knockout. This performance earned him the knockout-of-the-night bonus of $60,000, which prompted McGregor to shout "Dana, 60 G's, baby!" It is safe to say that McGregor has earned a great deal more over his career than $60,000.

Conor McGregor's net worth is $300 million. In fact, McGregor earned more than $180 million in 2020 alone, with the vast majority of this coming from business and advertising pursuits outside of the octagon.

Business Ventures

In terms of endorsements, McGregor has deals with a host of well-known companies, including:

  • Bud Light
  • Monster Energy
  • Reebok
  • Beats by Dre
  • Burger King

He has been involved in a number of successful business pursuits, including August McGregor, a fashion partnership with tailoring brand David August. In 2018, McGregor launched an Irish whiskey, Proper No. Twelve, named after the Dublin 12 neighborhood where he grew up. He reportedly sold his majority stake in Proper No. Twelve in 2021 for a deal worth a reported $600 million.

McGregor also owns a Dublin pub called The Black Forge Inn. This pub was targeted in a petrol bomb attack in early 2022, though there were no injuries or property damages.

2022 also saw McGregor make a move into the movie business. It has been announced that he will feature in the Jake Gyllenhaal-led ‘Road House’ that will stream on Prime Video.

Relationship and Family

Since 2008, McGregor has been in a relationship with Dee Devlin. They have 3 children together. McGregor has two sisters and is a supporter of both English side Manchester United and Scottish side Celtic in soccer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a selection of Conor McGregor facts:

When is Conor McGregor's birthday? July 14.

How tall is Conor McGregor? 5 ft 9 in (175 cm).

How much does Conor McGregor weigh? 156 lb (71 kg; 11 st 2 lb)

What is Conor McGregor's MMA record? Total: 28 fights; 22 wins including 19 by knockout; 6 losses including 2 by knockout.

Conor McGregor is a polarizing character, one who is universally adored and scorned by people around the world. However, there is no arguing with his success and larger-than-life character.

He has had a sterling career inside of the octagon with a number of high-profile successes and has made millions through marketing and business ventures. There really is no one else, for better or worse, like Conor McGregor.

Our net worths are for entertainment purposes only. We do our best to provide accurate figures, but we cannot guarantee their accuracy. The figures are based on public information and estimates, and may not reflect the true value of assets or liabilities.

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