"Notorious" Beat Gary Morris Via Second Round TKO

Published on March 17th, 2022 4:27 am EST
Written By: Dave Manuel

How it started - Conor McGregor aka The Notorious. In 2021, Forbes Magazine proclaimed that Conor McGregor earned more than any other athlete in the world that year, as he brought in a reported $180 million.

McGregor, still the world's most popular MMA fighter, has headlined eight UFC PPVs that have drawn more than a million buys, plus he fought in the second biggest PPV in boxing history.

McGregor is easily one of the world's most recognizable athletes, which is why it is hard to comprehend that "Notorious" was once a no-name mixed martial arts fighter, trying to make a name for himself in the world.


At one point in his life, Conor McGregor looked as though he was going to be a plumber.

McGregor has talked about his days as a plumbing apprentice and how much he despised working at the job.

After winning his first amateur fight, McGregor signed with the Irish Ring of Truth promotion, hoping to leave a life of plumbing behind. Around this time, McGregor would start training with John Kavanagh, and the two remain a team to this day.

At the age of 17, McGregor stepped into the ring against Gary Morris in what would be his very first professional mixed martial arts fight.

The two fighters were both obviously very green, flailing wildly and both looking nervous.

One thing is immediately noticeable when you watch the fight, however, and that's McGregor's trademark power, which was with him from a young age.

The fight would end in the second round after McGregor caught Morris with punches and stunned him, forcing the ref to call off the fight.

Here are some highlights from that fight:


Even though McGregor would go 3-1 in his first four professional fights, he still thought about quitting.

His mother and John Kavanagh convinced him to keep going, however, and the rest is history.

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