Conor McGregor Rose To Fame
Two fights into his UFC career, it was clear that Conor McGregor was going to be a big deal. How big? Well, we got an answer in fight number three when he headlined the UFC Dublin card against Diego Brandao on July 19, 2014.
But the reason why this event at The O2 transcended McGregor’s rise and instead turned into an iconic moment is because it was a celebration of all of Irish MMA, a day that Hollywood wouldn’t believe if it was presented as a movie script.
That night in Dublin, four members of the SBG Ireland squad (McGregor, Cathal Pendred, Paddy Holohan and Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson) all fought and won. Bushmills, Northern Ireland’s Norman Parke and Dublin’s Neil Seery also emerged victorious, and when McGregor stopped Brandao at 4:05 of the first round, “The Notorious” one put a perfect cap on the night when he said, “We're not here to take part; we’re here to take over.”
The card sold out almost immediately, with Irish fans hungry for the UFC to land in Dublin for the first time in five years. McGregor was the obvious choice for the headlining gig after his first two UFC wins over Marcus Brimage and Max Holloway, and while Cole Miller was his original dance partner, when the injury bug bit the American, Brandao stepped in and he was more than confident of victory in enemy territory.
“I don’t know why Conor’s so big in the UFC right now because he only has two fights, but I don’t care,” said the Fortaleza native. “I watched his tapes, but I already know where he’s strongest. “All he has are 1-2s. But in jiu-jitsu, he sucks. His standup, it sucks. I have all the tools – I have jiu-jitsu, I have strength, I have power. He punches like a girl.”
Conor McGregor Acting Debut.
The two-time UFC champion will make his acting debut in the upcoming remake of the 1989 cult classic Road House.
McGregor, 34, will star alongside Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal in the movie, and he has been doing pre-production for the film in the Dominican Republic.
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