Conor McGregor’s record: How many times has he lost before the UFC 257 battle with Dustin Poirier?
CONOR MCGREGOR takes on Dustin Poirier on Fight Island this weekend at UFC 257, with both fighters hoping to meet Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title. What is Conor McGregor’s record in the ring? How many times has McGregor beaten the odds?
On Saturday night, Conor McGregor will return to the Octagon for the first time in a year when he faces Dustin Poirier. The Notorious will be fighting for the 23rd time in his professional career.
For the fight versus Poirier, McGregor predicts an early knockout.
He claimed that the fight would take under 60 seconds, similar to his previous fight with Donald Cerrone.
After delivering a crisp left kick on the American, McGregor won the fight in 40 seconds.
McGregor, on the other hand, has lost two of his last five fights.
Since his debut in 2008, the Irishman has won 22 of his 26 professional contests.
The latter four fights were all losses, with two of them occurring recently.
Only two of his 22 victories went the distance, with the remaining 19 coming by knockout.
In 2012, he defeated Dave Hill by submission for the first time.
McGregor began his professional career with a knockout victory over Gary Morris at Cage of Truth 2.
Only two months later, he defeated Mo Taylor in the first round by knockout.
However, in only his third professional fight, The Notorious suffered his first professional defeat.
At Cage of Truth 3, he was defeated by Artemij Sitenkov, before losing to Joseph Duffy in his sixth battle.
McGregor created a reputation for himself in mixed martial arts after his second professional loss.
He went on to win 16 of his next 17 fights, including one against Saturday’s opponent, Dustin Poirier.
Ten of the 16 wins in a row were knockouts in the first round.
McGregor was defeated by Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in March 2016, his first defeat in five and a half years.
Conor McGregor (third)
12/5 Dustin Poirier
*Odds are subject to change without notice.
McGregor soon avenged the loss, defeating Diaz on points the following year.
A few months later, McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez in the second round, setting up a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Nurmagomedov won in the end, keeping his perfect record intact.
McGregor has only fought once since then, a 40-second knockout against Donald Cerrone.