Conor McGregor
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If The Career Of Conor McGregor Is Over, Let’s Be Thankful

Throughout his entire career, Conor McGregor has always been the focal point. From his time in Cage Warriors to his UFC debut, to the fights in Boston and Dublin and everything in between. He came into the UFC as a brash fighter who really could only kickbox but morphed his career and skillset to become the UFC’s first double champion and a global icon. McGregor won over millions of fight fans all over the world and brought so many new sets of eyes to the sport of MMA. If this is how his career ends, with a doctor stoppage at UFC 264 due to a broken leg, fight fans all over the world should be forever grateful we got to experience Mystic Mac.

He Was Never Supposed To Be Here

We all know how the story goes: Conor McGregor was on welfare, working as a plumber before he met Tom Egan and was introduced to the sport of MMA. He was living paycheck to paycheck at his parents’ house with his now-wife Dee Devlin working long ass hours at his job then going to train after work. He got his crack doing local fights, where he showed massive potential and would starch people, building a name and reputation for himself. When he got to Cage Warriors, he was seen as more of a prospect and he would take some time to build himself. Wrong. McGregor would become a double champion with Cage Warriors before getting the call to the UFC.

His UFC Run

Conor McGregor started his career at Featherweight, the weight most people would say he was best at. His debut fight against Marcus Brimage back in April of 2013 was a coming-out party and put people on notice. His next fight is arguably the most slept-on fight in his career, where he went the distance with, in my opinion, the now Featherweight GOAT Max Holloway, and fought the majority of that fight with a Torn ACL. After surgery, McGregor would go on a finishing spree, KOing his next three opponents before getting a crack at the gold and Jose Aldo.

Chasing Featherweight Glory

This character arc of Conor McGregor hit arguably its peak leading into this Aldo fight. The entire fight game was now being centered around The Notorious One, and he was going up against his toughest opponent yet. When Aldo pulled out of the fight due to injury, Chad Mendes stepped in on short notice and presented a whole new style of fighter to face. McGregor would go on to finish Mendes at the end of the second round and getting his shot against Aldo. We all know how that went. The Featherweight crown would be placed on McGregor’s head. But it wouldn’t stay long.

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Heavy Is The Head That Wears The Crown

McGregor would move up to Lightweight to challenge Rafael dos Anjos for his title before he pulled out due to injury as well. This is where the Nate Diaz saga began. Splitting their two fights 1-1, you can imagine what a third fight would do. After defeating Diaz, he would challenge Eddie Alvarez for that title in what many consider the best he has ever looked, stopping Alvarez and becoming the double champ. But, he has never been the same since. The bus incident, the drama with Khabib Nurmagomedov and what happened after their fight, and all the legal issues he’s had since then. Since defeating Alvarez, McGregor is 1-3.

Should This Be It?

Honestly, we talked about what would happen if Conor McGregor lost at UFC 264, but for me, the only case is to retire. There are talks of him fighting Jake Paul, but I wouldn’t want to see that. After a career-threatening injury, it’s going to take so much for him to get back. He should just walk away, and fight fans all over the world should accept it and thank him for all he’s done for the sport. He gave his life every time he stepped into the octagon, and he brought so much light onto a sport that was not nearly as big as it is now. The UFC and Dana White have Conor to thank for where they are at now, and if this is the end I will be the first to give thanks. Thank you for everything you have done for the sport sir, it was an honor to watch you fight and there truly is only one Conor McGregor.

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