There are many words you can use to describe McGregor. However, in terms of the UFC, he’s two things: a knockout artist and a winner. With 21 wins under his belt — 17 by knockout — McGregor has had a great career in MMA and the UFC. Here’s a rundown of his longest win streaks and his single losing streak.
15 wins in a row
After losing by submission to future UFC fighter Joe Duffy, McGregor went on a legendary tear. He knocked out everyone in his way, except for Dave Hill, whom he choked out, and Max Holloway, who just couldn’t get knocked out. After fights, McGregor would jump over the cage and celebrate with fans. His brash trash-talking also made him fun to follow outside of the octagon.
The 31-year-old’s larger-than-life personality culminated in the two final fights during this win streak. Originally, McGregor was scheduled to challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight title, but Aldo got injured and had to pull out. Then, the UFC matched McGregor with Chad Mendes for the interim featherweight title. A decorated wrestler, Mendes promised to put McGregor on the mat.
The McGregor-versus-Mendes fight was truly epic. The UFC did something they hadn’t done before; they had the men walk out to live performances from musical artists. McGregor, showing his love for Ireland, chose a live performance by the infamous Irish singer Sinead O’Connor.
Not only was this walkout ceremony amazing, but the fight lived up to the hype, too. Mendes was able to wrestle McGregor as he said. McGregor, a striker, was uncomfortable on the ground, but he persevered, and in the final seconds of round two, McGregor made history and knocked out Mendes to become the first Irish champion in the UFC.
With this win, McGregor set his destiny; he would face Aldo at UFC 194 to decide the undisputed champion of the division. In a shocking turn, McGregor knocked out Aldo in 13 seconds, a championship record. This marked the end of the Irishman’s win streak, but it didn’t signal the end of the McGregor era.
2 losses in a row
After beating Aldo, McGregor fought and lost to Nate Diaz in an upset. However, the two fought again later, and McGregor beat Diaz in the rematch. McGregor then knocked out Eddie Alvarez and became the first champion in two weight classes.
With millions of fans around the world and millions of dollars in his bank account, McGregor challenged Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. McGregor was a boxer in his youth, but his MMA skills didn’t translate into boxing very much. Mayweather outlasted McGregor and forced the referee to stop the fight in the 10th round. Although this wasn’t an MMA battle, it’s still technically a loss on McGregor’s record.
McGregor took home with millions, but due to his boxing detour, the UFC stripped him of both his titles. Upon his UFC return, McGregor challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov, the champion of the lightweight division.
Nurmagomedov, like Mendes, was a wrestler, so he was able to take McGregor down and control him. McGregor, unable to effectively use his strikes, tapped out in the fourth round. This marks McGregor’s second loss in a row. McGregor doesn’t currently have a fight scheduled, so as of now, he’s sitting on a two-fight losing streak. Fans are eager to see him break it — if and when he returns to the octagon.