MMA fighting is one of the fastest growing sports in America. But on April 19, 2016 the sport lost one of their biggest superstars. Conor McGregor the Ireland native tweeted on his verified account (@TheNotoriousMMA) that he will be retiring at the age of 27, “I have decided to retire young. Thanks for the cheese. Catch ya’s later.” McGregor has been one of the most well-known faces for MMA ever since he made his first appearance in 2008. Since his start Conor went 19-3. He accomplished this staggering record while bouncing around weight classes that included 170,189, 194, and 196.
No fight escalated Conor McGregor’s career and fame more than the one that took place in the MGM in Las Vegas on December 12, 2015. McGregor was facing Jose Aldo who was the UFC Featherweight Champion at the time. Aldo brought experience and control to the table, while McGregor brought youthfulness, an exciting fighting technique that included acrobatic kicks, and a loud mouth. Going into the fight Jose Aldo was seen as the favorite to win the fight, but by the end of the night Conor McGregor was the one leaving as a champion. It wasn’t just the win that catapulted McGregor’s career it was the way he accomplished it. Conor McGregor won by a knock out in 13 second’s in the first round of the against Jose Aldo. McGregor walked away from the Octagon that night as the champion of the UFC featherweight weight class and a small fortune that he earned in those 13 seconds.
McGregor won $500,000 after defeating the champ. This left McGregor hungrier and cockier than ever before. Soon after the victory in Vegas the fight card for March 5, 2016 was revealed and the headline fight included Conor McGregor VS Nate Diaz. Diaz was stepping into the Octagon on March 5 to defend his Welterweight championship, and McGregor had ever intention to take it away from him that night. Unlike the last fight that McGregor fought in this fight lasted much longer than 13 seconds. The fight ended in the second round when Nick Diaz won by submission. Diaz protected his championship belt and was one of the few people that were able to shut McGregor’s mouth.
Conor McGregor has brought nothing but great things to the sport of MMA fighting. He has left his mark on the sport and on his fans as well to say the least. The ability that he had to make a fight into a show for people to enjoy was incredible and I won’t be the only one hoping that this retirement stage won’t last long.
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