Top 10 Conor McGregor Fights

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These are the 10 most memorable moments of Conor McGregor’s fight career, according to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole.

<p>The fight was one-sided and not particularly memorable, but it was on this night that McGregor became a legitimate star. The show averaged 2.75 million on Fox Sports 1 and peaked at 3.16 million during McGregor’s bout. The UFC put the show on a Sunday night following an NFL playoff game in which the fight was hyped continually. McGregor knocked out Siver in a one-sided manner, then leaped the cage to confront Jose Aldo, then the UFC featherweight champion, who was seated at cageside. </p>
10. TKO2 Dennis Siver, UFC Fight Night 59, Jan. 18, 2015

The fight was one-sided and not particularly memorable, but it was on this night that McGregor became a legitimate star. The show averaged 2.75 million on Fox Sports 1 and peaked at 3.16 million during McGregor’s bout. The UFC put the show on a Sunday night following an NFL playoff game in which the fight was hyped continually. McGregor knocked out Siver in a one-sided manner, then leaped the cage to confront Jose Aldo, then the UFC featherweight champion, who was seated at cageside.

<p>In what was his final fight on the regional circuit, McGregor entered the bout holding the Cage Warriors featherweight title, but moved up to lightweight to try for a second weight-class title. It would be a sign of things to come. He knocked out Bunchinger in the first to win the title and earn a ticket to the UFC. </p>
9. KO1 Ivan Bunchinger, Cage Warriors 51, Dec. 31, 2012

In what was his final fight on the regional circuit, McGregor entered the bout holding the Cage Warriors featherweight title, but moved up to lightweight to try for a second weight-class title. It would be a sign of things to come. He knocked out Bunchinger in the first to win the title and earn a ticket to the UFC.

<p>This fight would be a dream match now, as Holloway has become the featherweight champion and is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. At the time, it was McGregor’s second UFC bout and Holloway was just 21 years old. McGregor injured his knee in the bout but still managed to pull out a unanimous decision victory. </p>
8. W3 Max Holloway, UFC Fight Night 26, Aug. 17, 2013

This fight would be a dream match now, as Holloway has become the featherweight champion and is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. At the time, it was McGregor’s second UFC bout and Holloway was just 21 years old. McGregor injured his knee in the bout but still managed to pull out a unanimous decision victory.

<p>McGregor was supposed to be fighting Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title in this bout just four months after knocking out Jose Aldo to win the featherweight title. However, dos Anjos was injured and Diaz stepped in as a late replacement. Because he had been on vacation and not training at the time he was called, the UFC made the fight at welterweight. The promotion was vitriolic as both men exchanged nasty taunts. McGregor started well, but faded and was unable to defend against Diaz’s jiu-jitsu. He was forced to tap to a rear naked choke. </p>
7. L by SUB2 Nate Diaz, UFC 196, March 5, 2016

McGregor was supposed to be fighting Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title in this bout just four months after knocking out Jose Aldo to win the featherweight title. However, dos Anjos was injured and Diaz stepped in as a late replacement. Because he had been on vacation and not training at the time he was called, the UFC made the fight at welterweight. The promotion was vitriolic as both men exchanged nasty taunts. McGregor started well, but faded and was unable to defend against Diaz’s jiu-jitsu. He was forced to tap to a rear naked choke.

<p>McGregor became the interim champion in this bout when he got off the mat to stop Mendes with strikes late in the second round. Mendes was a burly wrestler, just the type of opponents that McGregor’s critics said he couldn’t deal with. Mendes pinned McGregor and seemed to be on the verge of finishing him, but McGregor worked his way to his feet and used his hands and kicks to the body to turn the fight in his favor. </p>
6. TKO2 Chad Mendes, UFC 189, July 11, 2015

McGregor became the interim champion in this bout when he got off the mat to stop Mendes with strikes late in the second round. Mendes was a burly wrestler, just the type of opponents that McGregor’s critics said he couldn’t deal with. Mendes pinned McGregor and seemed to be on the verge of finishing him, but McGregor worked his way to his feet and used his hands and kicks to the body to turn the fight in his favor.

<p>McGregor made his pro boxing debut against the pound-for-pound best active boxer in the world. There was a lengthy media tour that generated animosity and helped hype the fight, which sold 4.4 million and is the second-largest pay-per-view in history behind only the 2015 bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The bout did a staggering $55.4 million gate. While it wasn’t a great fight, the interest and the hype necessitates it being on this list. </p>
5. L by TKO10 Floyd Mayweather Jr., Boxing, Aug. 26, 2017

McGregor made his pro boxing debut against the pound-for-pound best active boxer in the world. There was a lengthy media tour that generated animosity and helped hype the fight, which sold 4.4 million and is the second-largest pay-per-view in history behind only the 2015 bout between Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The bout did a staggering $55.4 million gate. While it wasn’t a great fight, the interest and the hype necessitates it being on this list.

<p>This fight wasn’t over even after McGregor tapped his submission in the fourth round to a neck crank after taking a pummeling from Nurmagomedov in their lightweight title bout. The build-up began six months earlier, when McGregor attacked a bus that Nurmagomedov was on because of an incident that occurred between Artem Lobov, a McGregor friend, and Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn. McGregor was arrested for that attack and pleaded to reduced charges. Nurmagomedov leaped over the cage after the fight to get at McGregor corner man Dillon Danis, and McGregor followed him. The bout sold 2.5 million on pay-per-view, making it the largest in UFC history and the third-largest PPV of all-time. </p>
4. L by SUB4 Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC 229, Oct. 6, 2018

This fight wasn’t over even after McGregor tapped his submission in the fourth round to a neck crank after taking a pummeling from Nurmagomedov in their lightweight title bout. The build-up began six months earlier, when McGregor attacked a bus that Nurmagomedov was on because of an incident that occurred between Artem Lobov, a McGregor friend, and Nurmagomedov in Brooklyn. McGregor was arrested for that attack and pleaded to reduced charges. Nurmagomedov leaped over the cage after the fight to get at McGregor corner man Dillon Danis, and McGregor followed him. The bout sold 2.5 million on pay-per-view, making it the largest in UFC history and the third-largest PPV of all-time.

<p>McGregor became the UFC’s first “champ-champ,” starting a trend which saw Daniel Cormier and then Amanda Nunes also hold belts in two divisions simultaneously. This was the UFC’s first event in New York since the ban on MMA was lifted and it attracted a massive gate of more than $17 million to Madison Square Garden. McGregor’s fast hands were the difference as he was landing clean, hard shots that Alvarez couldn’t deal with, and the fight was stopped in the second. It made McGregor the UFC lightweight champion while he was also holding the featherweight belt. </p>
3. TKO2 Eddie Alvarez, UFC 205, Nov. 12, 2016

McGregor became the UFC’s first “champ-champ,” starting a trend which saw Daniel Cormier and then Amanda Nunes also hold belts in two divisions simultaneously. This was the UFC’s first event in New York since the ban on MMA was lifted and it attracted a massive gate of more than $17 million to Madison Square Garden. McGregor’s fast hands were the difference as he was landing clean, hard shots that Alvarez couldn’t deal with, and the fight was stopped in the second. It made McGregor the UFC lightweight champion while he was also holding the featherweight belt.

<p>McGregor was submitted by Diaz in the second round of their welterweight bout five months earlier. McGregor gassed in that fight and had no answer for Diaz’s jiu-jitsu. He vowed to never again lose his conditioning and he came into the rematch in vastly better shape. The bout was a fast-paced back-and-forth affair in which McGregor knocked Diaz down several times and then hung on as Diaz mounted a comeback. McGregor pulled out a close decision victory in what at the time was the best-selling UFC bout in history. </p>
2. UFC 202, Aug. 20, 2016, Las Vegas, W5 Nate Diaz

McGregor was submitted by Diaz in the second round of their welterweight bout five months earlier. McGregor gassed in that fight and had no answer for Diaz’s jiu-jitsu. He vowed to never again lose his conditioning and he came into the rematch in vastly better shape. The bout was a fast-paced back-and-forth affair in which McGregor knocked Diaz down several times and then hung on as Diaz mounted a comeback. McGregor pulled out a close decision victory in what at the time was the best-selling UFC bout in history.

<p>This was McGregor at his absolute best. McGregor and Aldo had done a lengthy press tour prior to a planned fight five months earlier at UFC 189, but Aldo was injured and the bout was postponed. There was plenty of bad blood between them and McGregor used that to his advantage. This was the debut of “Mystic Mac,” where three days before the fight, he forecast exactly what would occur. Aldo charged him at the opening bell and threw a wild punch. McGregor countered, landed it on the chin and knocked the legendary Aldo out in 13 seconds. </p>
1. TKO1 Jose Aldo, UFC 194, Dec. 12, 2015

This was McGregor at his absolute best. McGregor and Aldo had done a lengthy press tour prior to a planned fight five months earlier at UFC 189, but Aldo was injured and the bout was postponed. There was plenty of bad blood between them and McGregor used that to his advantage. This was the debut of “Mystic Mac,” where three days before the fight, he forecast exactly what would occur. Aldo charged him at the opening bell and threw a wild punch. McGregor countered, landed it on the chin and knocked the legendary Aldo out in 13 seconds.

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