One of the most famous and successful MMA fighters in the world, Conor McGregor, started his MMA career 16 years ago, in his home city – Dublin, Ireland. A year later, The Notorious competed in his first amateur MMA fight against Kieran Campbell for the Irish Ring of Truth promotion in Dublin.
McGregor didn’t fumble. His first fight ended with a nice victory via technical knockout in the first round.
“McGregor vs Campbell. It was only right that my debut mixed martial arts fight was against a Campbell. The McGregors have been fighting the Campbells since the highlands. Sworn enemies at a time. Nothing at this time. It showed me then that the path I was on, was correct.” McGregor wrote.
13 years ago today,@TheNotoriousMMA made his amateur MMA debut & finished Kieran Campbell.
The bout took place in Dublin, Ireland for the promotion Irish Ring of Truth. pic.twitter.com/V8YoFllu9w
— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) February 17, 2020
Not too long after that fight, McGregor started his professional career within Cage of Truth in 2008. McGregor would go on to become Cage Warriors champion. In 2013, the Irish sports star joined the UFC, marking the start of a very lucrative career. McGregor has an MMA record consisting of 22 wins and 6 losses.
The 33-year-old fighter is currently recovering from a broken leg. He’s promised to return to the octagon sometime in 2nd quarter of 2022. He has been demanding to fight the lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira, upon his return – and by the looks of it he might get his wish.
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