It’s hard to believe it happened only two years ago. One night, Jose Aldo is an absolute monster who reigned supreme for a decade, carrying over the WEC featherweight title into the UFC and never losing it. The next night, Aldo’s title is gone and Conor McGregor is a new undisputed UFC champion. Somehow, he did it all in only “turteen” seconds. There has only been 24 months since McGregor beat Aldo, which doesn’t seem like a whole lot, but a lot has happened. While critics will be quick to point out he hasn’t defended a title, he sure has been busy doing a lot of other stuff.
No one could beat Jose Aldo for 10 years. Conor McGregor did it in 13 seconds.
We had a new Featherweight King. pic.twitter.com/2aZRveNsY5
— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) December 12, 2017
Conor McGregor’s Post-Jose Aldo Knockout Timeline
— McGregor lands on the cover of EA Sports UFC 2 alongside Ronda Rousey.
— Conor McGregor got booked to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight title.
— RDA pulled out with an injury and Conor McGregor fought Nate Diaz at welterweight.
— McGregor launches his own news website called The MacLife.
— Creates and releases his own workout program called F.A.S.T. (Fighter Aerobic/Anaerobic System of Training).
— After losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, McGregor beat Diaz in an immediate rematch at UFC 202.
— He earned the highest pay ever received by a UFC fighter and the biggest pay-per-view buys in history.
— He landed at #85 on the 2016 Forbes Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes list.
— Conor McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 for the UFC lightweight title.
— Before being stripped of the featherweight title, McGregor became the first fighter ever to hold two belts simultaneously.
— He landed at #25 on the 2017 Forbes Top 100 Highest Paid Athletes list.
— Universal Pictures released the film ‘Notorious’ in theaters worldwide. A film about McGregor’s journey up until this point which was also executive produced by him.
Did we miss anything? Look back again at all of that and remind yourself that it all happened in just two years. At only 29-years old, Conor McGregor still has his entire career ahead of himself. At this point, if another gigantic boxing match with Manny Pacquiao doesn’t come to fruition, McGregor has his pick of any fighter he wants between basically three different weight classes. If he did all of this since his knockout of Jose Aldo, imagine what he could do in another two years? Millions are waiting to see how it all turns out, or if the millionaire will ever fight happen.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 12/12/2017