Conor “The Notorious” McGregor is Ireland’s native son that had an improbable American Dream. In April 2013, the featherweight champion from Dublin picked up a welfare check for roughly US $235, but is now a multi-millionaire just four years later.
So behind all the money, cars, and suits, who is Conor McGregor?
As with a hefty percentage of European kids, Conor's first sporting love was football. He was raised by humble middle-class parents who thought he was crazy when he told them he wanted to be professional fighter, and they simply would not accept it. They insisted that he get a steady job so that he can became a plumber. Conor didn't do it for long, knowing that something much bigger was calling out to him.
His own father even stated that he never thought Conor had any real special talent; no one in the family ever had fighting history. Conor, however, had a vision and had a belief.
He could see it, he envisioned it and he could feel it. He'd seen himself succeeding in the UFC before it happened. He'd seen himself driving the Lambhorgini on Rodeo Drive even when he relied on his girlfriend, Dee Devlin, to ferry him around in her old Peugeot, which needed to be push-started. When he was still collecting that dole cheque, he backed himself even when his own parents wanted him to play it safe.
Conor is just 28 and already one of the highest paid MMA fighters in the world now. Dana White went on record saying that he is the biggest thing that ever happened to UFC or the sport of MMA. He is the biggest in terms of pay per view (PPV) and gate receipts in UFC history.
One thing about the UFC superstar stands out: his humble beginnings, his work ethic, working up to 12 hours a day and going straight to the gym to train, his obsession with reaching his destiny and full potential, and his life mission that went to the extent that people thought he was crazy.
But as the saying goes, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, than you will be successful.”