Former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor is undoubtedly the biggest star in the history of the sport.
In November 2016, McGregor absolutely destroyed then lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez via second round TKO to become only the fourth fighter to hold belts in two different weight classes and the first fighter to hold them simultaneously.
McGregor had no shadow of a doubt that he would achieve this feat one day. However this unwavering confidence came from achieving a similar accomplishment six years ago. (via Twitter):
6 years ago today. My first time as Champ Champ. It wasn’t until I won my second double that I trademarked it.
The O.G Champ Champ! pic.twitter.com/xjpbQA064Y
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 1, 2019
Exactly six years ago on December 31, 2012, before competing under the UFC banner, McGregor became the Cage Warriors featherweight and lightweight champion becoming the first European professional mixed martial artist to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. This astonishing feat paved the way for McGregor to compete in the UFC and later become the double champ there as well.
McGregor made his Cage Warriors debut back in September 2011 against Aaron Jahnsen as a lightweight. After a phenomenal first round TKO, McGregor made his CW featherweight debut. After another first round KO, McGregor was granted a featherweight title shot against Dave Hill in June 2012.
Contrary to his style, McGregor submitted Hill to become the Cage Warriors featherweight champion. McGregor was then granted a lightweight title shot against Ivan Buchinger in December 2012. McGregor made quick work of Buchinger to become the CW lightweight champion.