Taking a Look at the Two First-Round Losses of Conor McGregor’s MMA Career

Published 06/22/2021, 1:55 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 04: Conor McGregor poses for cameras following a press conference for UFC 229 at Park Theater at Park MGM on October 04, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 06 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)


Conor McGregor is unarguably the most popular MMA fighter of all time. ‘Notorious’ has had a great professional MMA career and has a professional record of 22-5. Now the former UFC champion is all set to face Dustin Poirier at the UFC 264 event.

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This fight is one of the most anticipated fights of the year as it will be the third between them. Ahead of McGregor’s much-anticipated fight, let us take a look at the only 2 first-round losses the fighter has suffered in his MMA career.

McGregor’s first professional MMA loss came at the Cage of Truth event in the first round. ‘Notorious’ lost that fight against Artemij Sitenkov via a first-round submission via kneebar. This was just McGregor’s 3rd professional fight and as a 20-year-old he was rather inexperienced at that time.

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Following this loss, McGregor himself won two consecutive fights via 1st round TKO. However, in his 6th professional MMA fight at Cage Warriors 39: The Uprising, ‘Notorious’ lost in the first round again. McGregor lost the fight to Joseph Duffy via submission (arm-triangle choke).

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Since that fight, McGregor went undefeated for 15 fights across 5 years. Becoming the Cage Warriors and UFC Featherweight champion in the process. McGregor did lose another 3 times following that, although never in the first round. Therefore, the losses against Artemij Sitenkov and joseph Duffy remain his only first-round losses to date.

Leading up to the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier

The fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will be the third between them. The pair first faced each other at the UFC 178 event and McGregor won that fight via a first-round TKO. Since that fight, many fans were expecting a rematch between the fighters to happen soon.

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However, fans had to wait 7 years to watch the rematch as the second fight between them happened at UFC 257 in 2021. This time around Poirier secured the victory by winning the fight via a second-round TKO. Poirier’s victory et up the much-awaited trilogy fight between the fighters.

Now as the two fighters get ready to face each other at the UFC 264 event. Fans from all around the world are eager to see how this epic rivalry ends.

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Who will win the fight between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier? Let us know in the comments.

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Paras Pande

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Paras Pande is a UFC author at EssentiallySports who is pursuing his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication. An ardent follower of the UFC, he has been covering the sport for 2 years now. Before joining the team at EssentiallySports, Paras gained expertise as an MMA writer whilst working with Sportskeeda.

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