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The Rise of UFC Superstar Conor McGregor

From his calculated retirement and verbal spats with Dana White to the main event against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, the one-time plumber from Ireland has become a polarizing figure, leaving the world wanting more—win, lose, or draw.

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Conor McGregor is the UFC. He’s the savviest striker in the Octagon and a poet on the mic. From his calculated retirement and verbal spats with Dana White to the main event against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, the one-time plumber from Ireland has become a polarizing figure, leaving the world wanting more—win, lose, or draw.

In April of this year, UFC superstar Conor McGregor, although “superstar” is an insipid word for his actual stratospheric stardom and importance to the UFC, did something he rarely does: After underestimating Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March, he made a complete cock-up of a move—he retired.

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He unretired two days later, in what must be some kind of record for big-statement futility. (It’s hard to call it a come-back when you haven’t left the building yet.) The 28-year-old’s out-of-the-blue announcement that he was giving up the fight game came just weeks after the rematch with Diaz was announced, who had handed him his one UFC loss to date. It was a power struggle with UFC boss Dana White over whether McGregor would leave his training camp in Iceland to fulfill contractual promotional obligations in Las Vegas, which he did not want to do.

“I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting,” McGregor declared at the time. “Sitting in a car on the way to some dump in Connecticut or somewhere, to speak to Tim and Suzie on the nobody-gives-a fuck morning show did not get me this life.”

McGregor’s Snapshot

FROM: Dublin, Ireland
HEIGHT: 5'9"
WEIGHT: 170 pounds
TURNED PRO: 2008
NICKNAME: “The Notorious”
UFC RECORD: 20-3-0
WINS BY STOPPAGE: 17
FIRST-ROUND FINISHES: 13

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