On This Day In MMA History, Conor McGregor Became The First Ever Two-Division UFC Champion

Conor McGregor has climbed his way from a fledgling fighter to a pay-per-view record breaking combat sports superstar. “Notorious” most recently earned the payday of his career by making his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in August. While McGregor suffered a TKO loss to the undefeated pugilist legend, the UFC champion still earned an alleged $100 million from his performance. The Mayweather vs. McGregor event has now broken the record set by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao for most pay-per-view purchases.

Of course, fighting against a boxing legend is not McGregor’s only accomplishment. Back in 2015, “Notorious” began his rise to fame by taking out Jose Aldo with a highlight reel knockout for the UFC featherweight title at UFC 194.

Fast forward to 2016, McGregor climbed his way up the lightweight division as the featherweight champion to a title fight with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. There, McGregor made history.

With a second round TKO finish, “Notorious” earned a stoppage over Alvarez for the lightweight belt. McGregor became the first UFC competitor to ever simultaneously hold two different division belts at the same time.