It would appear that “Notorious” has been living up to his moniker since before his MMA career even began. In the heart of his professional origin, in his first time meeting his camp, McGregor fought his way into the fray.
As reported by Independent, UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor had a rather interesting run in with SBG Ireland back in 2007.
At the time McGregor was boxing and he wanted to test his skills. McGregor approached SBG Ireland to test his skills on their top dog at the time, Owen Roddy.
Head coach John Kavanagh gave his side of the story in an interview with the Independent.
“Owen had been with me a long time — he was my boy — but this new kid moved in a certain way,” Kavanagh told the Irish Independent.
“He was a southpaw, a good boxer and he just had a way about him that made you go: ‘What’s going to happen here?’ And he caught Owen with a good shot and put him down.”
After that, McGregor moved on to Aisling Daly.
“It sounds worse than it was. He wasn’t hitting her in the head or anything, but just happened to throw a body shot that hit her in the sweet spot, the solar plexus, and put her down,” said Kavanagh.
Kavanagh decided to enter the ring after the fact, displeased with what had unraveled before him.
“I got a little emotional because Ash had been with me a long time and the other guys would look after her. But this new guy had come in and put her down, and my protective nature kicked in.
“I was still fighting at that stage, or hadn’t stopped that long, so I put the gloves on — actually, he has corrected me on that and says it was bare knuckles.
“I held him down and beat the s**t out of him, without putting too fine a point on it.
“I kept hitting him in the body until he couldn’t breathe and then I looked at him: ‘What’s it going to be? We can train or we can fight?’ And he was OK from the next day.”
Now, “Notorious” is pursuing the payday of his career in a potential cross-promotional bout with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGegor has even hinted to a date for the potential bout.