Just in case you’ve somehow managed to miss the news, UFC star Conor McGregor will be taking on Floyd Mayweather in just a few hours, in what has been described as ‘The Fight of the Century’.
The UFC icon will be making his first foray into professional boxing following a nine-year career in mixed martial arts.
Nicknamed ‘The Notorious’, McGregor, 28, will go head-to-head with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather in a fight that is expected to net both men up to $100m.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, McGregor has fast become UFC’s most recognisable athlete since making his debut in the octagon in 2013.
After two years of fighting across Ireland, UFC president Dana White travelled to the country and signed McGregor for his first match against Marcus Brimage in April 2013.
Forbes magazine named McGregor as the 24th highest-paid athlete in the world in its highest-paid athletes list from 2017.
According to Forbes, the Irishman earned £27m in 2016 from fight deals, endorsements and sponsorship agreements.
“UFC star McGregor fought twice over the past 12 months, including headlining two of the three best-selling UFC fights ever on pay-per-view,” Forbes said in its article.
Like Mayweather, the Irishman has earned a reputation as a showman – both inside the octagon and out.
He is the reigning UFC lightweight champion and remains the only fighter in the competition’s history to hold two belts at two different weight divisions at one time.
McGregor holds the record for the fastest ever UFC knockout when he beat Jose Aldo in just 14 seconds and the Irishman puts his success down to his all-round unpredictability as a fighter.
“To me, the most important thing is to be creative, to be spontaneous, to be fearless and to approach it without a plan. Approach the contest with no plan, with no set movement and just let it flow.
“Do s*** that has not been done before, and trust me, I have shots that have not been shown before. I have shots in my book that have not been seen before, and I look forward to showing them.
“I always love to learn. I always look at everything. I spend all day looking at videos, or in the gym working on the things that I’ve seen,” McGregor told fight podcast, The Bloody Elbow.
McGregor trained at the Straight Blast Gym in his native Ireland during his time-off from his work as a plumber’s assistant at a construction site.
“I started out doing some kickboxing and boxing, then a little Capoeira, Tae Kwon Do and Karate.”
“The human body can move in many ways, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” McGregor continued.
“I’m looking for my body to move in all ways, to attack and defend. That’s translated into my fighting style. Looking back at the way I used to fight, and the way I fight now, it seems to always change, so I don’t know, I just keep trying to learn new s***.
“I’m a martial artist, and I’m open to all styles of combat,” he declared. “If someone wants to wrestle, then let’s wrestle. Wherever the contest takes place, the contest takes place.
“I’m prepared for it all. I fear no man. If you breathe oxygen, I do not fear you. People think I’m just a stand-up guy, well that’s great. Let’s see, you know?”
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