Before Conor McGregor became popular by conquering the UFC by becoming the double champ, he used to fight at a regional European MMA promotion called Cage Warriors.
He was a double champ at the Cage Warriors as well. He won titles in the featherweight and lightweight divisions. He has always been a flashy fighter, delivering highlight-reel knockouts with his incredible left hand.
He has been fighting top contenders since his Cage Warriors days. Back in 2012, Conor McGregor fought Ivan Buchinger (37-7-0) at CWFC 51 in Dublin, Ireland.
In this fight, McGregor knocked out Buchinger in the first round. However, the part which caught the eyes of most MMA fans was the unconventional kick he landed on Buchinger.
Seven years ago today, in front of a raucous hometown crowd, Conor McGregor put on an absolute masterclass as he defeated Ivan Buchinger to earn his second Cage Warriors world title. pic.twitter.com/Hn1TksbNHR
— TheMacLife (@Maclifeofficial) December 31, 2019
A fan tagged Conor McGregor and asked what this particular kick was. The Irishmen was kind enough to take his time to explain what the kick was called.
I titled this shot the “Flatley”
In honour of Ireland’s famed Riverdance.
A little bang of the Flatley to tear the medial ligaments of the inside knee joint.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 8, 2020
“I titled this shot the ‘Flatley’ In honour of Ireland’s famed Riverdance,” McGregor explained on Twitter. “A little bang of the Flatley to tear the medial ligaments of the inside knee joint. Tasty.”
Conor McGregor will be returning to the Octagon at UFC 246 against Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone. The fight is scheduled to take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The fight will take place in the welterweight category. The press conference for the fight will take place on 16th January.
UFC 246 Fight Card:
170 lbs.: Conor McGregor vs. Donald Cerrone
135 lbs.: Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington
155 lbs.: Diego Ferreira vs. Anthony Pettis
145 lbs.: Maycee Barber vs. Roxanne Modafferi
155 lbs.: Drew Dober vs. Nasrat Haqparast
145 lbs.: Grant Dawson vs. Chas Skelly
265 lbs.: Maurice Greene vs. Aleksei Oleinik
115 lbs.: Claudia Gadelha vs. Alexa Grasso
145 lbs.: Andre Fili vs. Sodiq Yusuff
125 lbs.: Askar Askarov vs. Tim Elliott
135 lbs.: Brian Kelleher vs. Ode Osbourne
125 lbs.: J.J. Aldrich vs. Sabina Mazo