Conor McGregor – The hero of mixed martial arts
Conor McGregor was born on July 14, 1988 in Dublin, Ireland. McGregor has trained a variety of martial arts styles. Conor states that he loves to learn new things, he spends all day looking at videos, or in the gym working on the things that he saw. He started from kickboxing, boxing, jiu jitsu and a little Capoeira, Tae Kwon Do, Karate.
“The human body can move in many ways, and that’s what I’m trying to do. I’m looking for my body to move in all ways, to attack and defend. That’s translated into my fighting style. Looking back at the way I used to fight, and the way I fight now, it seems to always change, so I don’t know, I just keep trying to learn new….”
Conor McGregor Net Worth (2017): $35 milion
First professional fight in 2007
Conor McGregor childhood choice:
As many other Irish kids, Conor was also interested in football.
“I realized I was enjoying combat sports a lot more than I was enjoying football,” he says. His love for football slowly began to fade, and a deep appreciation for combat sports began to take root. “Instead of going to the football club, I would go next door to the boxing club.”
Conor kept taking boxing and kickboxing classes, but he also discovered jiu-jitsu.
Slowly, the pieces to his future in combat sports were coming together.
Irish culture dictates that if you are not interested in school—if you have no desire to make your way to university and secure a degree—then you find a trade and you begin your working life.
This is what happened for McGregor. He had zero interest in furthering his education. “I had no use for it,” he says. His mom says he had the intellect for academia but just didn’t have the interest.
He wanted to focus his time on training. But he lived with his parents, and they insisted he find a trade and a job.
He did, taking a job Mags found for him as a plumber. It offered a comfortable living, and with hard work, Conor had the opportunity to make a lifetime of decent money.
But he hated it from the beginning. It was grueling work. Conor looked around at the people he worked with and saw the effects that years of manual labor had on the body. He saw the stooped postures and the dead eyes.
“I did not see anyone that was in any kind of healthy shape,” he says. “I saw that maybe if I walked away from plumbing I could train two times a day. I could really focus on my diet. It’s hard to focus on your diet or on training when you’re on a building site 10 or 12 hours of the day.”
He continued to train as often as possible while maintaining the job, because that’s what was expected of him. Mags would wake up at 5 a.m. to take him to the construction site, just as she’d woken up early to take him to Sunday morning football matches when he was younger.
He worked 10 to 12 hours each day and then went straight to the gym for training. He fought on the weekends. He wanted to be a high-level fighter.
But such a schedule is incredibly demanding on the body, and Conor found it impossible to maintain. And so he made a decision: He was going to quit plumbing and focus on training full time. But first, he had to tell his parents.
“That’s it. I’m not going anymore,” he said.
“You are going,” they said.
A heated argument ensued. The way Tony remembers it, he and his son nearly came to blows. He and Mags were skeptical, because fighting for a living sounded like a bunch of nonsense.
“The first thing they said was, ‘Who else has done it? What other Irish man has made a career of this?'” Conor says. “And I could not point to another Irish man who had done it, because there was no one before me.”
Still, he’d made up his mind, and he was sticking to it.
“You’ll be sorry when I’m a millionaire,” he told his father. “I remember saying, at 25 years of age I will be a self-made millionaire. And my father laughed at me.
“And you know, I was a year late. I’m 26 now. But I did it. I told him so.”