When Conor McGregor joined the UFC in 2013 he was not far removed from winning both the Cage Warriors featherweight title and that same promotion’s lightweight crown. His record at the time was 12-2. McGregor entered the UFC with a lot of hype behind him, but the promotion had signed fighters that were allegedly the next big thing in MMA and that hadn’t panned out. So when it booked McGregor, the UFC didn’t place him on the main card.
Instead, his bout with Marcus Brimage ended up on the prelims, which at the time, streamed on Facebook.
McGregor knocked out Brimage in 67 seconds. The stoppage earned him his first UFC post-fight bonus. That win would be the first of many stoppage victories and fight-night bonuses for the Irish scrapper.
Today, McGregor is 21-4. He’s won — but not defended — titles in two weight divisions.
On January 18, McGregor heads back to the octagon for the first time since October 2018. That fight saw McGregor lose for a second time in the UFC when lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted him in the fourth round of their UFC 229 headlining matchup.
McGregor, who has fought twice in the past at welterweight, returns to the 170-pound division to face ex-lightweight title challenger Donald Cerrone in the main event of the UFC’s first pay-per-view event of 2020, UFC 246.
UFC president Dana White has said that if McGregor can get a win over Cerrone, there’s a good chance that he will get a second shot at Nurmagomedov.
UFC 246 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, January 18. The pay-per-view card streams on ESPN+, following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and ESPN+.