If there’s one fighter in the UFC roster who has, from time and time again, produced blockbusters on every single appearance of his, it has to be Conor McGregor. The fighter from Dublin, Ireland, introduced himself to the world with his UFC debut in 2013. Since then, McGregor has made fans wait in anticipation of his fights.
Conor McGregor is undeniably the biggest star in the world of mixed martial arts. Thanks to the “Notorious One,” the sport has reached levels like never before. McGregor and his showmanship are unparalleled. The fighter has entertained his fans with his skills on the microphone and also his fighting inside the octagon. The Irish superstar has fought 14 times in the UFC octagon, and only two of them have gone the distance. We look at the Top 5 fights of Conor McGregor’s UFC career, and there are some tough choices to make.
#5 Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier
This fight was the seed to one of the greatest trilogies in UFC history. A young Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier met each other in the octagon back in 2014, fighting in the featherweight division.
Both the fighters had a chip on their shoulder and were looking to announce themselves to the world with this fight. The famous mental warfare of the Irishman was put into full display for the first time in front of UFC fans.
McGregor did not rest in the lead-up to the fight and did everything in his power to get into the mind of “The Diamond.” The fighter successfully managed to trigger his opponent, and it showed in the fight.
McGregor sparked the fighter from Louisiana in the very first round and put the entire featherweight division on notice. A disturbed Poirier from all the back-and-forth in the lead-up to the fight rushed in the first round, which turned out to be costly. The two would eventually fight each other two more times in the UFC.
#4 Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes
This bout will always go down as one of the best fights of Conor McGregor’s career. This was Notorious One’s first chance to fight for the belt. McGregor and Chad Mendes faced each other in the main event of UFC 189 for the interim featherweight title.
A win in this fight could see the Irishman seal his chance to face the greatest featherweight of all time, Jose Aldo, to fight for the undisputed gold. Mendes came with a will to win.
Chad Mendes was an absolute monster and would be the toughest test for the Irish fighter, and it sure was. Chad Mendes troubled McGregor in the first round and made the Irishman taste blood.
With deadly elbows and amazing takedowns, Mendes was a problem for the superstar. After a brutal trade-off in the second round, Conor managed to knock out his opponent to get his hands on the interim title. McGregor’s first PPV event headliner showed the world how he could put on a show for a packed arena.
#3 Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2
This fight not only had everyone out of their seats but was one of the most successful UFC fights commercially. After handing Conor McGregor’s first loss of his UFC career, it was almost certain that Nate Diaz would fight him again.
Just four months after being taped out by the younger Diaz brother, McGregor came back for revenge. At UFC 202, the PPV numbers were through the roof, and fans couldn’t wait to see the two superstars battle it out.
McGregor came prepared this time around and went to war with Nate Diaz. The two fighters went the distance and had a “dog fight.” With blood spilled all over the octagon and both the fighters exhausted, it was the first time the world saw McGregor fight his heart out.
The Irishman finally got his revenge as he won the fight via a close decision after five rounds. The fight had everything from great rivalry, trash-talking, and a barn burner of a fight.
#2 Conor McGregor vs Jose Aldo
There couldn’t be a list of the Top 5 Conor McGregor fights without mentioning this iconic performance of the Irishman against the greatest featherweight of all time. After claiming the interim title, McGregor finally got the chance to fight for undisputed gold in 2015.
In terms of skill, both fighters were almost evenly matched. This was one of the very rare moments in UFC history where many believed a fighter won before stepping into the octagon.
McGregor took a page out of Tsun Tzu’s Art of War and fully broke down the Brazilian legend, Aldo, ahead of their title fight. The Irishman played mental warfare to the finest and managed to get into the head of Aldo. Before they stepped into the octagon, The Notorious One had already laid out the work.
All that was left to do was counter an emotional Jose Aldo’s strikes and take the featherweight belt home. Just 13 seconds into the fight, Aldo came in aggressive, ready to land a heavy blow. A swift McGregor placed his counter perfectly, putting Aldo to the floor. This is one of the fastest knockouts in the history of UFC.
#1 Conor McGregor vs Eddie Alvarez
Conor McGregor was on top of the world already. With the featherweight belt in his bag, the Irishman was going for glory and decided to challenge then-champion Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title. The Notorious One was looking to permanently etch his name in the history books and set a new bar for UFC champions. Holding two titles simultaneously had never been done before; if anyone could do this, it had to be McGregor.
The stars aligned perfectly for McGregor as he faced Alvarez in the Meccah of Fighting, Madison Square Garden. It didn’t take long for McGregor to wrap two belts around his shoulder. Two rounds into the main event at UFC 205, McGregor starched Eddie Alvarez to become the first-ever two-division champion in UFC history. This performance ranks high among the Top 5 fights of Conor McGregor’s UFC career.
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