Ever since Conor McGregor debuted in the UFC in 2013, he’s been taking over the organization. In a little more than 2 years after his debut, he would knockout Jose Aldo in just 13 seconds and win himself a belt. He’s been on a stratospheric rise ever since. Here’s a brief overview of his career wins, as well as some info about how much money he’s made from this fame.
Conor McGregor’s pre-UFC career
Before McGregor joined the UFC, he had fought in the regional organizations of Ireland and the United Kingdom. In this era of McGregor’s career, he racked up 12 wins and 2 losses, both of those losses by submission. 10 of those wins came by knockout, and that’s going to be a recurring trend as McGregor is a renowned knockout artist.
Like many other fighters, the majority of the people that McGregor beat in this era were nobodies. However, some of the people that he fought would go on to have illustrious careers of their own.
McGregor joined the UFC in 2013 and knocked Marcus Brimage out in his debut fight. Brimage proved to be not a great opponent, as he’d lose 3 of his next 4 fights and subsequently got kicked out of the UFC. However, McGregor’s next fight was against the future featherweight champ, Max Holloway.
McGregor didn’t knock Holloway out, but it was a clear and decisive victory over the future champion. McGregor would then knockout Diego Brandao, a tough competitor in his own right, before facing Dustin Poirier and knocking him out too.
Like Holloway, Poirier would go on to become a champion. Next, McGregor knocked out Dennis Silver, who is a tough man but he never really won anything significant. Finally, the UFC gave McGregor an interim title fight against Chad Mendes, since the then champion, Jose Aldo, was too injured to fight.
McGregor overcame adversity and knocked out Mendes in the second round, clinching an interim title for himself. With the interim title around his waist, his next fight would be against Aldo, and it’d make history.
The Conor McGregor Era
As mentioned earlier, McGregor knocked Aldo out in just 13 seconds, becoming the undisputed featherweight champion. With this victory, his record in the UFC became 7 wins and 0 losses. He set his eyes on the lightweight belt, but the then champion, Rafael dos Anjos, injured his foot and the fight was called off.
But then, the UFC called Nate Diaz and asked him to fight McGregor, and they did just that. In an upset victory, Diaz broke McGregor’s win streak and choked him out in the 2nd round.
They rematched a few months later, and McGregor won a 5 round decision. Coming off this massive win, McGregor didn’t rest, and he challenged the then lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez, to a fight at UFC 205. In a complete shutout, McGregor dominated and finished Alvarez in two rounds, becoming the first-ever champion of two weight classes.
McGregor took a break and fought Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match, which he’d lose. On the bright side, he made millions doing so. Eventually, McGregor returned to the UFC to try to win his lightweight belt back. But he’d lose by submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov in the 4th round.
This puts McGregor’s record in this era at 2 wins and 2 losses. In total, McGregor’s won 21 UFC fights in his career and he’s lost 4 times. 18 of those wins were by knockout, and all 4 of his losses were by submission.
When Conor McGregor fights, millions of people pay money to watch him. As a result, he’s easily the richest MMA fighter in the world. Along with his whiskey brand, Proper 12, his fights and his business ventures have given McGregor a net worth of about $110 million according to Money.