Flashback Friday…

Before joining the UFC and becoming a superstar, current lightweight champion Conor McGregor travelled the beaten path. Much like most other pro fighters do, ‘The Notorious’ made his way around the regional circuit and smaller shows.

Although he’s now the most popular MMA fighter around, way back in 2010 McGregor still needed to make himself known.

Before The Fame

Having already suffered his first defeat just three fights in to his pro career, McGregor was aiming to get back on track. Facing Stephen Bailey in his fourth fight, the Irishman scored a first round TKO before taking nearly two years off.

When he returned, McGregor took on Conor Dillon at Chaos FC 7. The event was held in Derry, Northern Ireland, and a win for either man was crucial at this point.

McGregor vs. Dillon (Video Below)

Speaking with Severe MMA, Dillon recalls his fight with McGregor, and the nasty injury that resulted in the TKO stoppage:

“To be fair to McGregor, he was blocking my other leg and if he wasn’t doing that I would’ve been able to finish by getting him back into full guard. I just remember the referee standing us up and I just thought ‘for fuck sake’, but I ran straight back at him after the stand up.”

“It was basically the same thing that happened to Anderson Silva, only it was my foot instead of my shin. Every muscle and ligament was completely obliterated.

“He came over and sympathised with me after it was stopped and then he came over to me again in the dressing room to see how I was. I know some people think he is an arrogant bastard but he is sound.”

Watch that video below:

YouTube video

Present Time

Just under seven years later, McGregor is butting heads with the UFC over rights to fight Floyd Mayweather. Undoubtedly the highest paid MMA fighter of all time, McGregor’s move from mug to millionaire is staggering.

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