UFC lightweight champion Conor Mcgregor has shot through the roof ever since he first entered the Octagon back in 2013.
With his magnetic personality and his abilities in the Octagon, “The Notorious” has set the bar for UFC pay-per-view buys and fighter pay and continues to make noise in every direction he steps foot in.
Here, we take a look at some of the opponents that have faced McGregor in the UFC on his rise to becoming the first fighter in history to hold two UFC weight division titles simultaneously. Although the Irishman’s time as the double champion was short lived with relinquishing the featherweight title weeks after winning the lightweight title at UFC 205, there is no denying that McGregor has marked his spot in mixed martial arts history.
At UFC Fight Night 46, McGregor took on Diego Brandao and finished the Brazilian scrapper by TKO in the first round. Following their fight, Brandao had great sportsmanship at the post-fight press conference and gave “The Notorious” some praise.
The story was the same for Dustin Poirier, who McGregor also finished by TKO in the first round in his next fight in the Octagon. Again, following the fight, Poirier had good things to say about the Irishman and his abilities.
“He’s hard to read. His timing is different than everybody else. He moves different,” Poirier said. “He’s good.”
In the video, more of McGregor’s opponents had their clips of the hype before the fight, but then went on to acknowledge the skills of “The Notorious” after the fight was over.
Interestingly Chad Mendes and Eddie Alvarez had similar things to say following their TKO losses to McGregor. Both stated that although Conor does have power, it was more the accuracy and speed of “The Notorious” that caught them off guard and led to them coming up short against the current lightweight champ.
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