Conor McGregor And His Chest Tattoo: What is it’s Significance?

Published 06/24/2021, 10:50 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: Conor McGregor enters the Octagon for his featherweight title fight against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


UFC megastar and former dual divisional champion Conor McGregor is a name that transcends the boundary of UFC. The highest-paid athlete for 2021 is perhaps the most popular MMA fighter of all time.

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From title reigns to how he carries himself during pre-fight events, all of it contributes towards his rising stock in the market, which is rivaled by none.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JANUARY 23: Conor McGregor of Ireland prepares to fight Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena on UFC Fight Island on January 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

His body tattoos have also given him a distinct personality. It’s a notable fact that many fighters in UFC possess various tattoos. In most cases, their tattoos carry a meaning.

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However, McGregor is not the one who thinks much before inking his body. In an interview, the ‘Notorious’ one had claimed, “You hear people say like they have a goldfish on their a** cheek and it means it’s a symbol of hope. Something like that. I just like the way it looks on my body.”

Yet, he also claims there might be some subliminal reasons too for getting tattoos.“I don’t spend months picking it, I just see it, get it and just enjoy the experience of being inked on my body for the rest of my life. I don’t know what it is.”

Well, keeping all things in mind, let’s have a look at one of many tattoos of McGregor. The one that has really grabbed eyeballs around the world that he bears on his chest; the Gorilla tattoo.

Famous Gorilla tattoo of Conor McGregor

This particular tattoo is the biggest tattoo on his body. It has a gorilla wearing a crown and eating a heart. The gorilla logo is of Straight Blast Gym Ireland. The gym has produced world-class athletes apart from McGregor, such as Makwan Amirkhani and Gunnar Nelson.

Las Vegas , United States – 6 October 2018; Conor McGregor prior to facing Khabib Nurmagomedov in their UFC lightweight championship fight during UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

In an interview, McGregor had stated that he wanted to give tribute to the gym where it all started for him. “My gym’s logo is a gorilla,” he said.

“It’s not that particular gorilla. But it’s a gorilla. So I wanted to get something along with that line. I feel like I am the king gorilla so I took the crown, and I had him eat a heart. It felt right.”

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Tiger tattoo on his abdomen

The ‘Notorious’ one inked this tattoo on his abdomen back in 2015. In the interview, he said he believes the tiger is a courageous animal.

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“The tiger has been jumping out at me sometimes. It feels like it almost means something. I think Tiger is a courageous animal. So I like the Tiger and I decided to go and get it.”

What do you make of Conor’s chest tattoo?

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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