From working as a plumber in Dublin to become the biggest attraction of fight game today, the story of Conor McGregor is nothing but spectacular. But there is an unsung hero behind the success story of the Notorious One, his girlfriend Dee Devlin. The former two-division UFC champion would also agree that without Dee Devlin he would not be what he is today.
Where is She From? Childhood of Dee Devlin
The pride of Ireland, Conor McGregor was born in Crumlin, Dublin. And there he would find his love for the mixed martial art. Well, not so far away in the city of Walkinstown, Dee Devlin was born.
Just like Conor she never saw her future in education as she dropped out of high school at the age of 15. Though her parents’ dreams for her daughter were shattered then little did they know that destiny had something big planned for their daughter
How Did Dee Devlin Meet Conor McGregor
In a Dublin night club, Conor talked to Dee Devlin for the first time. He had seen her before but this was the night when Conor had a conversation with Dee. Conor McGregor in an interview recalled the moment and said:
“I asked her to come over and we just started chatting. She seemed like a nice girl, and I like good girls.“
Dee also felt an attraction when she first met Conor as she recalls the moment in this way: “I suppose it was! He’s very funny – he always keeps me entertained and makes me laugh.”
From the very beginning, Dee saw the passion in Conor for MMA and that just made him more likable.
The Struggle of Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor once said: “When things are going good, you visualize these good things happen. What’s not easy to do is when things are going bad and you are visualizing the good stuff.”
Well, through each step when Conor was down and struggling to achieve his dreams, Dee was there beside him supporting him to the fullest. When Conor first told his father that he wanted to pursue a career in MMA and leave plumbing, his father was not supportive at all. Conor left his home and he ended up with Dee Devlin.
Dee Devlin did not let Conor lose his dreams and supported him with a small annual wage of $1800. Devlin did the cleaning, worked as a waitress just so she could provide Conor with basic necessities when Conor was focusing only on his MMA career. Even with the financial hiccups, she made sure Conor ate well and stayed 100% committed to his craft.
Conor reciprocated everything when he became a global superstar, giving Dee everything she ever wanted. In a recent interview, Conor talked about the special bond he shares with Dee and stated:
“My girlfriend worked very hard throughout the years and stuck by me when I had essentially absolutely nothing. I only had a dream that I was telling her. For me to be able to take her out of work, give her everything she’s ever wanted and to travel the world with her fills me with pride. It keeps me going. We’ve been together for a long time. She’s been through it all with me.”
Even when Conor and Dee were battling adversities at a young age, they believed that fortunes will be in their favor one day. Conor would go on to make his name in the toughest contact sport.
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What Does Dee Devlin Do?
Conor McGregor in no more the broke kid from Dublin. He has earned enough to provide a beautiful life to his family and the generations to come. Dee Devlin enjoys the fruit of her labor that she put when Conor was trying to make a name as a mixed martial artist. She was Conor’s rock and now that Conor is a global superstar, Dee Devlin does not have to work on a low wage job.
Dee Devlin is the personal advisor and financier of the Notorious One. She goes above and beyond to make sure Conor’s training and his team are in the right place. Despite the busy life of a power couple, Conor and Dee have managed to sustain a quality family life with their children.
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She has Two Kids With Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor made history when he became the first-ever two-division champion in UFC history. However, maybe that was not the biggest news for Conor McGregor. in the post-fight press conference, Conor announced that he along with Dee are welcoming a baby to their family. Conor announced:
“I’m going to be a daddy early next year, I’m crapping my jocks! It’s going to mess with my head. I just want to have this baby and take some time. I’ve got a family now, so I want ownership. I want an equal share. Bring me in on this for real. Make me an owner. I need to be set for life.”
And in May of 2017, the McGregor family welcome a baby boy who was named after his father, Conor Jack McGregor Jr. And in January 2019, Conor would shock his fans by announcing the news of a baby daughter.
Conor Jack jr is already a superstar thanks to his appearance during the open workout before UFC 229.
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Conor and Dee: Some Evergreen Moments
Conor and Dee have been through it all. They have seen the lowest of lows and the highest of highs. But the couple has shared some special moments inside the octagon. One of those moments is when Conor McGregor became the interim featherweight champion by beating Chad Mendes. The emotion flew through the arena as the Irish crowd blew the roof off for their favorite fighter. Both Dee Devlin and Conor McGregor burst into tears as they hugged each other in the octagon.
Something similar was seen when Conor McGregor dethroned Jose Aldo to become the undisputed featherweight champion of the world.
And who can forget Dee Devlin comforting Conor after he faced a shocking defeat to Nate Diaz in a highly anticipated fight?
Dee Devlin: An Internet Sensation
Along with the meteoric rise Conor McGregor, Dee Devlin became the center of attraction in the MMA community. With over 50k followers on twitter and over 1.6 million followers on Instagram, she is quite an internet sensation.
Conor McGregor has been the center of countless controversies, he has achieved many unprecedented feats in MMA. He has also seen some heartbreaking losses inside the octagon. However, through all the ups and downs, Dee Devlin was there for Conor cheering for him and supporting him. Now that Conor McGregor looks to climb the mountain again, it is safe to assume that he won’t be alone on that journey.
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