When Conor McGregor made his UFC debut in 2013, he appeared a bit awed. Sure, he was assured — he had cause to be — he was 24 years outdated and had received titles in his earlier two fights with the Cage Warriors promotion, however he was not the brash fighter we all know him as as we speak.
McGregor was 12-2 as a professional MMA fighter and coming off stoppage wins that noticed him seize Cage Warriors featherweight and light-weight titles in 2012. He was on an eight-fight profitable streak and had completed 9 fights within the first spherical.
McGregor’s first bout with the UFC got here in April 2013 when he met Marcus Brimage on the preliminary card of UFC on Gas TV 9. The combat was not a part of the Gas TV broadcast. As a substitute, the scrap streamed on Fb. The closing odds of the bout noticed McGregor because the -165 favourite over Brimage, who was the +115 underdog.
The combat didn’t final lengthy.
McGregor confirmed no octagon jitters. He was extremely relaxed and centered. He may need thrown his strikes with a bit an excessive amount of energy within the early going and which may have affected his cardio had the combat gone longer than 67 seconds, but it surely didn’t. McGregor knocked out Brimage rapidly and scored his first of many UFC “Battle Night time Bonus” awards for his efforts.
At the moment, McGregor is a former two division UFC champion. He has an total document of 22-5. McGregor faces Dustin Poirier in a trilogy bout in the principle occasion of UFC 264. McGregor received the primary assembly between the 2, which befell in September 2014, by first-round knockout. Poirier evened issues up in January when he scored a second-round knockout of McGregor.
UFC 264 takes place at T-Cell Enviornment in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view card streams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+ and early prelims on UFC Battle Cross.
Earlier than McGregor vs. Poirier 3 takes place, watch McGregor’s UFC debut reverse Brimage.