Oh, how time flies ...
Eight years ago, a hot prospect from Dublin, Ireland, walked out onto the stage for his first Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) weigh-in. The event: UFC on Fuel TV 9: “Mousasi vs. Latifi.” Tucked away in the middle of the “Prelims” undercard: Conor McGregor vs. Marcus Brimage.
McGregor would make quick work of Brimage, stopping “The Bama Beast” little more than one minute into the first round. And with that, the Conor McGregor era was officially underway in UFC.
UFC Europe commemorated the milestone, which led to McGregor reminiscing about his early days in the promotion.
Today in 2013 I weighed in for my UFC debut. What a journey! It would become my 12th KO in MMA competition. Dustin Poirier would then become my 12th first round KO in MMA competition.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2021
This next fight will be my 12th UFC main event.
Proper Twelve baby! All day!
My ufc debut I found out 9 weeks out. I took a week to get right from not training/partying, and then 8 weeks out I moved to my sisters apt which was close to the gym. I woke up, trained, walked back to apartment, ate my meals and rested, trained again, back to apt, sleep, repeat— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2021
Double skills work. I also didn’t take rest days unless I absolutely had to. Not one. Not even a Sunday.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 5, 2021
I will take this approach again for my comeback fight.
I didn’t become ufc champ champ with this method but I did become ufc 145 champion. Also the cage warrior champ champ.
McGregor is set to face Dustin Poirier for a third time at UFC 264 on July 10, 2021, and the Irish sports superstar is clearly hoping this rubbermatch goes more like their first meeting (a first round knockout for McGregor) than the second fight (a second round knockout for Poirier).
There’s all sorts of questions surrounding whether McGregor can actually get back to being that hungry animal he was that first entered UFC in 2013 to go on a seven-fight win streak. Based on this tweet, McGregor hopes to channel a similar training schedule to those days in order to recreate the conditions for his success.
UFC uploaded McGregor vs Brimage. Funny to see that young broke happy Conor. It all started here. pic.twitter.com/kmUC3TMq12— Crack Hardly (@CrackHardly) March 25, 2020
“Adjust and absolutely f—king destroy!” is the mantra for this fight, but he’ll have a stiff test in front of him. Poirier is looking deadlier than ever and there’s no wondering whether he’s taking his eye off the ball as he guns for a second win over McGregor and then another shot at the UFC Lightweight title.
It’s gonna be one of the craziest fights of the year!