2014 in Dublin, Ireland, Conor McGregor grabbed the mic and the fight game by the throat.
The stadium erupted in a sea of green, white, and orange. One thing was for certain. McGregor was not lying. It's 2017 and Conor McGregor is Sports Illustrated Fighter of the year, along with being the first ever UFC champ in two weight divisions, the record holder for highest gate and pay per view buys and a very rich man (estimated well over $25,000,000)
Consider this: Conor McGregor drew TWICE as many buys in one year than the ENTIRE UFC in 2014. Things are only looking up for the celtic superstar.
With Ronda Rousey's latest loss and pending retirement, McGregor will unquestionably become the sole icon that is the UFC today. He is 28 years young and relatively unweathered physically.
McGregor's success has launched him into another stratosphere of popularity. He now represents a company that has been forever dominated by American fighters. The pride of the Irish culture has been revitalized. Can you name another fighter or athlete for that matter from Ireland that has been able to dominate his/her sport the way we've seen McGregor? Don't worry, I'll wait!
Unfortunately for the UFC, McGregor has many lucrative opportunities tugging at him in different directions. He is apparently set to star in the remaining two seasons of Game of Thrones. The movie roles and endless endorsements man pull the attention away from the fight game and eventually onto the big screen.
The sport of unarmed combat may have to take a back seat. But can you blame him? When you have the success and personality of Conor McGregor, you call the shots!