Watch a Young Conor McGregor Talks About Getting Fat Paychecks in UFC After Winning His First Major Title

Published 07/07/2021, 12:08 PM EDT


Conor McGregor is inarguably the most popular UFC star ever. ‘Notorious’ is a former two-division UFC champion and has competed in some of the biggest UFC PPV’s ever. Today McGregor is famous all around the world and the name Conor McGregor is synonymous with the UFC.

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However, there was a time back in 2012 when the fighter was an unknown upcoming fighter in Cage Warriors. Back in 2012, McGregor was the Cage Warriors Featherweight champion and was all set to challenge for the Cage Warriors Lightweight championship on December 31, 2012.

During that time McGregor had given an interview in which he had expressed his desire to join the UFC one day. At that time, ‘Notorious’ wasn’t even sure why he was doing MMA. He said, “I don’t why I am doing it; I am just doing it, that’s all I know, and I’m doing it better than anyone has ever done it.”

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“This is the (taking about the Cage Warriors Featherweight title) reward for a sacrifice, this one and the twin (Cage warrior’s lightweight title) that I’m gonna get at new year’s eve. And then maybe the fat paychecks with UFC.”

‘Notorious’ had become the Cage Warriors Featherweight champion after defeating Dave Hill at Cage Warriors 47. He eventually ended up winning the Cage Warriors Lightweight title as well, as he defeated Ivan Buchinger at Cage Warriors 51.

Conor McGregor Did Not Know Where He Would End Up

Even back then McGregor was very confident in his abilities and knew that if he kept working hard, he would achieve great success. Therefore, when McGregor was asked about how he sees his MMA career going. He said, “I don’t know, I definitely see the twin on this shoulder on New Year’s eve. Then who knows, just keep positive and keep doing what I always do and keep believing in myself.”

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“I want to put the hours in the gym and then you know the sky is the limit. Who knows what’s around the corner you know. I could be in the UFC and you never know where I could end. You never know what’s around the corner. Just keep positive and keep happy and do what you love doing and fu*k everything else.”

Fast-forward 9 years and McGregor is not just UFC’s but MMA’s biggest star. McGregor has come a long way from then and is all set to face Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. This is one of the biggest fights of McGregor’s career as many believe that if ‘Notorious’ loses this could be his last MMA fight.

Do you think Conor McGregor will be able to defeat Dustin Poirier at UFC 264? 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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