Conor McGregor’s journey from Irish bum to two-weight UFC champion has been amazing to watch. Ever since first stepping foot in the UFC octagon in 2013, he’s been destined for great things.
After UFC Fight Night 46, the promotion knew they were on to something. McGregor’s TKO win over Diego Brandao shattered terrestrial TV records. UFC stars and officials in attendance said the free event had the greatest atmosphere in UFC history. This was just the beginning.
After just five fights Conor McGregor found himself in a UFC title bout. Albeit for the interim title, McGregor TKO’d Chad Mendes at UFC 189. Setting himself for the biggest challenge at featherweight, ‘The Notorious’ was booked to face Jose Aldo at UFC 194.
Drama swirled as Aldo allegedly refused to take a drug test while in Brazil. Injury rumours from both camps emerged, but they finally met in December 2015. 13 seconds after the fight started, ‘Scarface’ laid flat on his back. The new champion was here.
UFC 205 & Friction With The UFC
Two fights with Nate Diaz and 11 months later, McGregor fought Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. November 12 saw the first two-weight world champion crowned, but old tensions with the UFC resurfaced.
Stripped of the featherweight title, McGregor remained the lightweight champion. Although Dana White had said McGregor would be out ten months, the Irishman disputed that fact earlier today.
Now he’s gone on record against his employers, stating ‘they’ll do nothing’ in regards to taking the 145-pound belt:
McGregor, although he hadn’t defended the belt in 11 months, was arguably the victim of circumstance. The circus at featherweight meant an interim title was booked for UFC 206. This mean Jose Aldo had to be promoted to full champion.
With McGregor’s request for share in the UFC still pending, how is this wild ride going to play out?
“All I know is they’re tying to type onto keyboard and say, we’re taking this belt, we’re taking that belt, we’re doing this, we’re doing that, you ain’t doing nothing without contacting me first.”