MMA coach John Kavanagh revealed a 2012 email from the UFC rejecting Conor McGregor. The email came from matchmaker Sean Shelby, who passed on signing McGregor because the company had an influx of featherweight fighters at the time.
- McGregor eventually entered the UFC in 2013, and immediately won a $50,000 post-fight bonus for Knockout of the Night. After three consecutive post-fight bonuses in the next two years, “The Notorious” won the undisputed featherweight title in December 2015 from then perennial champion Jose Aldo.
- Within the next year, McGregor won the lightweight championship to become the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two world titles.
- In just eight short years, the 32-year-old McGregor rose up the ranks to become the highest-paid fighter in the UFC with over $12m in earnings. He is currently “retired” from fighting, but is set for his return on Jan. 23 in a rematch against Dustin Poirier.