When Conor McGregor rushed in to complete an already bloodied and bruised Donald Cerrone again in January, it appeared his comeback was nicely and really on.
‘The Infamous’ landed a wonderfully positioned head kick on the aspect of the veteran’s jaw earlier than ending ‘Cowboy’ on the bottom and celebrating on his knees in aid.
After a 15-month absence from the octagon, the previous two-weight world champion was again beneath the UFC lights and made an estimated £1.6million per SECOND in doing so.
Nonetheless, McGregor’s reported ‘season’ was quickly scrapped and followers will now have to attend till subsequent month to see him combat once more.
In fact, cash is not a problem for the Irishman; turning into the primary ever UFC ‘champ-champ’, his boxing debut towards Floyd Mayweather and the launch of ‘Correct 12 Irish Whiskey’ means he doesn’t must combat ever once more.
But the lure of competitors will seemingly at all times show too sturdy for the 32-year-old to withstand and his love of combating has taken him off of the welfare to the brink of turning into a billionaire.
It was not all quick vehicles and caviar for McGregor after all; he was truly REJECTED by the UFC virtually eight years in the past because of the saturation of the featherweight division on the time.
As a substitute, he moved as much as light-weight and knocked out Cage Warriors champion Ivan Buchinger and earned his spot on the world’s premier MMA organisation the exhausting method.
After impressing UFC President Dana White at a dinner, the American snapped up the promising fighter after believing he had all of the capabilities to grow to be a famous person simply via his charisma alone.
Throughout an interview with TSN’s Michael Landsberg, White stated: “Pay attention, I don’t know if this man can combat, but when he may even throw a punch, he’s going to be an enormous star.”
Not solely can McGregor throw a punch, he may also render opponents unconscious together with his fists and is even capable of predict when the stoppage will come.
After his first spherical win over Marcus Brimage, White awarded McGregor a $50,000 bonus for his efficiency on high of his wages for displaying up and securing the win.
Enterprise between the pair was booming and, after promising the Irishman the possibility to combat in his dwelling nation and in addition Boston, the 2 met once more for a gathering which culminated in a Ferrari race round Las Vegas.
Clearly not but accustomed to such a lavish life-style, McGregor recorded the encounter for his social media followers to get pleasure from and his infectious cackle was solely drowned out by the engine of the supercar.
After incomes £385,000 in simply 13 seconds throughout his demolition of Jose Aldo in 2015, the McGregor hype prepare was quickly starting to speed up and it culminated in his second UFC title in New York City.
Earlier than dismantling Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 (a efficiency which earned him virtually £60,000 per strike) the Crumlin-native spent $55,000 (£41,000) on a Gucci mink coat for his press convention look.
He arrived at Madison Sq. Backyard in a £280,000 custom-made Rolls Royce Ghost and admitted he was hooked on coaching and procuring.
Chatting with the UFC Embedded digital camera group, McGregor stated: “I’ve an unhealthy obsession with spending cash. However I’ve a wholesome obsession with making it – so it’s all good.”
In fact, the defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov was a chastening one for the proud Irishman, but the principle occasion of UFC 229 remains to be probably the most watched within the firm’s historical past.
It was purchased by 2.four million individuals within the United States alone and stays the second most purchased fight sports activities PPV occasion in historical past, behind solely to former foe Mayweather and rumoured opponent Manny Pacquiao.
If the Irishman can create magic as soon as once more within the octagon on Battle Island at UFC 257, bouts towards the likes of Justin Gaethje, Pacquaio and even welterweight champion Kamaru Usman may nicely be on the playing cards.
Nonetheless, whatever the end in his rematch with Poirier or what number of extra zeros he can add to his checking account, ‘The Infamous’ remains to be the identical fighter at coronary heart who squealed louder than Dana White’s tires throughout their late night time cruise via Sin City.