By John Kupchanko and Daniel Herbert
McGregor was born in Dublin, Ireland. He was raised in the South Dublin suburb of Crumlin and attended a Gaelscoil and Gaelcholáiste at both primary and at secondary level in Coláiste de hÍde in Tallaght where he also developed his passion for sport playing association football. In his youth, he played football for Lourdes Celtic Football Club and supported Manchester United in the English Premier League. In 2006, McGregor moved with his family to Lucan in west Dublin, attending Gaelcholáiste Coláiste Cois Life. Following that, he commenced a plumbing apprenticeship. While in Lucan, he began sparring with future Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Tom Egan who taught McGregor how to grapple and ignited his passion for mixed martial arts. McGregor's walking weight is around 170 lbs.
On 12 December 2015, at UFC 194, McGregor defeated Aldo by knockout, thereby unifying the title in the featherweight division and became the only European male to win a UFC Championship by beating the champion. Before the opening of the first round, both Aldo and McGregor refused to touch gloves and began fighting immediately. As the fight started, McGregor took control of the center of the octagon. When Aldo got within his range, McGregor threw a straight left hand to keep him away, but missed. McGregor then followed with a leg kick that connected. As Aldo surged forward to connect with a right-left punch combination, McGregor slipped the first punch then connected with a left hook that landed on Aldo's chin and rendered him unconscious. Both left hand strikes connected, but McGregor's landed first. As Aldo fell to the ground, McGregor connected with two hammer fists before the referee stepped in to stop the fight. Within a minute, Aldo regained consciousness and was on his feet. The bout lasted 13 seconds, the fastest finish in any UFC title fight. "Again, nobody can take that left-hand shot," said McGregor in the post-fight interview. "Aldo's powerful and fast. But precision beats power, and timing beats speed. And that’s what you saw there."
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