McGregor’s twelve UFC fights are the foundation of his superstardom.
With his extravagant and unapologetic personality, spot on fight predictions, various antics and style choice, it is more than easy to see what makes Conor McGregor an international superstar. Despite these character traits and various businesses, without his fighting abilities and performances inside the Octagon, the world would never have met “The Notorious” one.
McGregor’s success inside the Octagon has been nothing short of remarkable, continuously proving the doubters wrong and achieving milestones that no other fighter in history had ever accomplished before. With flashy striking, quick finishes, unrivaled composure and sincere love for the sport, McGregor has made just as much noise inside the Octagon as outside it. Whether you are a fan who adores him or a hater who abhors him, McGregor has proven himself to be one of the greatest in the game, overcoming endless adversity and taking some of the sport’s biggest names.
Before getting into the fun stuff, there are a few things that you should know about these rankings and the criteria under which they were constructed. There are a plethora of factors that go into the making of a great fight, but this list will be looking specifically at the competitiveness of the fights, the hype surrounding each fight, and the overall display and output of MMA skills and techniques throughout each fight. The opponent and matchup were analyzed, as well as the skills displayed by each fighter inside the Octagon.
To make this a bit more clear, here are some of the factors that will not be included on this list. First and foremost, McGregor’s success and outcome of the fight have not been taken into consideration. Fights were not ranked lower if McGregor lost, just as a fight was not ranked higher if he got an early finish.
His success and efficiency also do not affect the rankings. His shorter fights and fast finishes do not necessarily result in that fight being ranked higher or lower. Rather, a bout that is competitive and where both fighters are able to showcase their skills and determination would likely result in a higher ranking.
In addition, McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather is not on the list since the fight was not an MMA or UFC fight. The post-fight brawl at UFC 229 was also be excluded (as entertaining as it was).
Enough trash talk, let’s get to the fights. Here are all (dare I say proper) 12 of McGregor’s UFC fights up until this point, ranked from worst to best.