Born on 14 July 1988, Conor Anthony McGregor is an Irish professional mixed martial artist and boxer. He is a former featherweight and lightweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He is ranked #12 in the UFC men’s pound-for-pound rankings as of 23 November 2020, and he is #5 in the UFC lightweight rankings as of 14 December 2020.
Conor McGregor is a former featherweight and lightweight king of the Cage Warriors. He beat Jose Aldo for the UFC Featherweight Championship in 2015, at UFC 194, by knockout 13 seconds into the first round, which is the fastest win in the history of UFC title battle. McGregor became the first fighter in UFC history to hold championships in two weight divisions concurrently after beating Eddie Alvarez for the UFC Lightweight Championship at UFC 205.
Conor McGregor and his Coaches
Since his 2008 MMA debut, Faithful McGregor 31, has trained at the Straight Blast Gym in Dublin and vowed he would never abandon his coaches.
Conor McGregor Head trainer – John Kavanagh
Since the beginning, the man Conor McGregor calls “The Godfather” has been the head honcho in his training and led his star student to two UFC titles. The pair are side-by-side in the gym, despite both agreeing that their intimate friendship has been strained after the success of McGregor and rocketed out of the cage commitments. After Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated The Notorious in October 2018, he maintained that his game plan was incorrect and concentrated too much on defending the fearsome wrestling of his opponent. In the past, Kavanagh has mentioned how he “beat the sh*t” of McGregor during his early days of training.
Kavanagh disclosed that McGregor drew up the tactics for the Cerrone victory, as the trainer told TheMacLife :
“With Conor’s fight IQ, Conor’s understanding of the game, really this training camp is about all of us getting out of his way. Provide him with an environment where he can have different looks, different feels and support him where he wants the training camp to go, in intensities and listening to him where he has days where he wants to push hard and days where he wants to slow down. It’s not so much about us coaches sitting there on a game plan and filling Conor in. Conor knows more about fighting than the rest of us put together.”
Owen Roddy – Striking Coach
While the tactical genius is Kavanagh, Roddy, his former fighter, does the real work on the pads, McGregor and Roddy are known for their public exercises that often demonstrate rhythm and mixed strikes on the mitts. Roddy took the lead in the 2017 Floyd Mayweather crossover fight, with Kavanagh quickly acknowledging that boxing was not his area of expertise.
Kavanagh revealed that Owen had been with him a long time but the new kid moved in a certain way. He was a southpaw, a good boxer and he just had a way about him that made him go “What’s going to happen here?” and with a strong shot, he caught Owen and set him down.
Phil Sutcliffe Sr – Boxing Coach
McGregor’s boxing coach is Phil Sutcliff Sr. When he was 12 years old, McGregor went into his first gym, the Crumlin Amateur Boxing Club, headed by two-time Olympian Sutcliffe. But after winning the youth amateur championships, he lost his boxing gloves at 16 to take up MMA. McGregor later went back to Sutcliffe to focus on his boxing ahead of his UFC return. Last year The Notorious admitted remorse in an interview with ESPN for not going back to Crumlin ABC and practicing with his first coaches before his ring debut against Mayweather.
McGregor said that it was only when he got back there that he realized how much of a grave error he made in the Mayweather build-up. He needed the coaches who taught him how to box in the corner and he realized that instantly when he was down there doing training sessions.
George Lockhart – Nutritionist
To help him get down to featherweight and lightweight, Conor McGregor has long battled grueling weight cuts. McGregor’s team handled the weight loss themselves before he defeated Chad Mendes for the temporary 145lbs title in 2015. But former US Marine and renowned nutritionist Lockhart was employed before McGregor scored his famous 13-second knockout against Jose Aldo.
Lockhart has partnered with the biggest MMA names and was launched to make it easier to get McGregor’s weight down.