Conor McGregor has come a long way from working a plumbing job in Ireland.
On Saturday, November 6, McGregor will return to the Octagon for the first time since 2016 to take on Khabib Nurmagomedov.
McGregor comes into the match sporting a 21-3 record and a reputation as one of the hardest-hitting, most entertaining, and overall best fighters.
We took a look back at McGregor’s professional bout history, starting in 2008 to now, and looked up what all of his old opponents are up to. Many have since left the fighting game, some have opened gyms, and some are still in the MMA game. And one, of course, is one of the most famous boxers ever who still lives life large.
Records and fight information came from ESPN, Sherdog, and Tapology.
Here’s where all 24 of McGregor’s opponents are today.
McGregor made his MMA debut on March 8, 2008, beating Gary Morris by TKO.
Morris posted an 8-10 record as a fighter, with his last fight coming in 2016. It’s unclear what he does today.
Two months later, McGregor took on Mo Taylor in his second fight. McGregor won by TKO, though it was close at one point, as Taylor got McGregor in a tough arm bar.
The McGregor fight was Taylor’s debut, and it doesn’t appear he fought again after.
On June 28, 2008, McGregor fought Artemji Sitenkov, a Lithuanian fighter.
Sitenkov beat McGregor by submission! He told reporters that he made 500 Euros off the fight and that McGregor was crying afterward. He went on to post a 15-16 career record. He has since opened two gyms and owns a pawnshop.
McGregor rebounded six months later with a win over Stephen Bailey by TKO.
Bailey only had one more professional fight after McGregor, but he fought one amateur fight in 2016. It’s unclear what he does now.
After not fighting in 2009, McGregor returned to the octagon to fight Conor Dillion in October of 2010. McGregor beat Dillion by TKO in one of the longest fights of his career, clocking in at 4:22.
Dillon had a 5-8 record, with his last fight coming in 2016. He now owns the gym No Fear MMA in Ireland.
In November of 2010, McGregor took on Joseph Duffy, who took down McGregor by submission, handing “The Notorious” his second loss.
Duffy owns a 16-3 record and last fought in 2017. He is reportedly hoping to continue his career.
Source: Niall McGrath/Twitter
McGregor’s first fight of 2011, a strong year for him, came against Hugh Brady. McGregor won by knockout.
Brady owns a 4-3 fighting record. He last fought in 2014.
On March 12, 2001, McGregor knocked out Mike Wood in 16 seconds.
Wood last fought in 2014 and said McGregor made him realize he wasn’t cut out for UFC. Since, it appears he runs a YouTube channel and once auditioned for “The Voice.”
One month later, McGregor took on Paddy Doherty. McGregor knocked him out in four seconds. Yes, four seconds.
Doherty last fought in 2013, finishing with a 4-9 record. He told Severe MMA in 2015 that he was no longer interested in fighting.
Source: Severe MMA
In June of 2011, McGregor took on Polish fighter Artur Sowinski, knocking him out in Round 2.
Sowinski owns an 18-10 record and is still fighting today. His most recent fight was a loss to Salahdine Parnasse in April.
About three months later, McGregor fought Aaron Jahnsen, knocking him out in the first round.
Jahnsen last fought in 2017 and owns a 5-6 record. Like McGregor, he gave a boxing a try, making his debut in the ring in February 2018.
In February of 2012, McGregor kept up his winning ways by beating Steve O’Keefe with another first-round knockout.
O’Keefe last fought in March of 2018 and owns a 9-3 record. In 2017, he founded Revolution Martial Arts, a gym in Greenhithe, England.
Source: Kent Online
McGregor’s next win came over Dave Hill in June 2012. It was a rare win by submission for McGregor.
Hill last fought in 2014 and owns a 12-4 record. Today, he works as a graphic designer, a job he also kept while fighting.
McGregor’s last fight of 2012 came against Ivan Buchinger. McGregor beat him by KO.
Buchinger is still fighting today. He owns a 34-6 record.
At last, in 2013, McGregor made his UFC debut against Marcus Brimage, knocking him out in the first round.
Brimage last fought in 2016 and was demoted from UFC. He owns a 7-7 record.
McGregor’s second UFC fight was a win via unanimous decision over Max Holloway.
Holloway is 19-3 as of today and owns the 145-pound belt.
On July 19, 2014, McGregor fought Diego Brandao and beat him via TKO.
Brandao is still fighting. He owns a 23-13 record.
McGregor’s next fight came against Dustin Poirier, who was beaten by knockout.
Poirier owns a 24-5 record. He is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in November.
McGregor fought Dennis Siver on January 8, 2015 and knocked him out in the second round.
Siver owns a 23-11 career record. He left UFC in 2017.
Six months after fighting Siva, McGregor took on Chad Mendes and continued his winning ways, beating Mendes by knockout in the second round.
Mendes has an 18-4 career record. He returned from a two-year drug suspension in 2018 and beat Myles Jury in July.
In December of 2015, McGregor took on Jose Aldo. He beat Aldo by knockout in 13 seconds.
Aldo owns a 24-3 career record. He won his most recent fight, against Jeremy Stephens in July.
McGregor’s next fights were even bigger. He fought Nate Diaz on March 5, 2016, then August 20, 2016. McGregor lost the first fight by submission, but won the second by majority decision.
Diaz owns a 20-11 record and is scheduled to fight Dustin Poirier in November. McGregor has said he wants a third and final fight with Diaz.
McGregor’s last UFC fight came on November 12, 2016 against Eddie Alvarez. He won by TKO in Round 2.
Alvarez last fought in July, losing to Poirier. His UFC contract expired after. He has a record of 29-6.
In 2017, McGregor stepped outside of the octagon and into the ring to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. It didn’t go so well for McGregor.
Mayweather, of course, is one of the greatest boxers ever and is 50-0. In September, he said he would be fighting Manny Pacquiao in a rematch, but it’s unclear if the fight will actually happen.
And on Saturday, October 6, McGregor will take on Khabib Nurmagomedov in one of the biggest fights in UFC history. Who will take that one home?
Now, check out how McGregor spends all of the money he’s made…
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. [File, Standard]
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
However, the new rule excluded personnel in the security sector and other critical and essential services.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) will on Friday, July 24, meet governors following the ballooning Covid-19 infections in recent days.
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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Drastic life changes affecting mental health
Kenya has been ranked 6th among African countries with the highest cases of depression, this has triggered anxiety by the World Health Organization (WHO), with 1.9 million people suffering from a form of mental conditions such as depression, substance abuse.
Globally, one in four people is affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives, this is according to the WHO.
Currently, around 450 million people suffer from such conditions, placing mental disorders among the leading causes of ill-health and disability worldwide.
The pandemic has also been known to cause significant distress, mostly affecting the state of one’s mental well-being.
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With the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic attributed to the novel Coronavirus disease, millions have been affected globally with over 14 million infections and half a million deaths as to date. This has brought about uncertainty coupled with difficult situations, including job loss and the risk of contracting the deadly virus.
In Kenya the first Coronavirus case was reported in Nairobi by the Ministry of Health on the 12th March 2020. It was not until the government put in place precautionary measures including a curfew and lockdown (the latter having being lifted) due to an increase in the number of infections that people began feeling its effect both economically and socially.
A study by Dr. Habil Otanga, a Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Psychology says that such measures can in turn lead to surge in mental related illnesses including depression, feelings of confusion, anger and fear, and even substance abuse. It also brings with it a sense of boredom, loneliness, anger, isolation and frustration. In the post-quarantine/isolation period, loss of employment due to the depressed economy and the stigma around the disease are also likely to lead to mental health problems.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) states that at least 300,000 Kenyans have lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus pandemic between the period of January and March this year.
KNBC noted that the number of employed Kenyans plunged to 17.8 million as of March from 18.1 million people as compared to last year in December. The Report states that the unemployment rate in Kenya stands at 13.7 per cent as of March this year while it stood 12.4 per cent in December 2019.
Mama T (not her real name) is among millions of Kenyans who have been affected by containment measures put in place to curb the spread of the virus, either by losing their source of income or having to work under tough guidelines put in place by the MOH.
As young mother and an event organizer, she has found it hard to explain to her children why they cannot go to school or socialize freely with their peers as before.
“Sometimes it gets difficult as they do not understand what is happening due to their age, this at times becomes hard on me as they often think I am punishing them,”
Her contract was put on hold as no event or public gatherings can take place due to the pandemic. This has brought other challenges along with it, as she has to find means of fending for her family expenditures that including rent and food.
“I often wake up in the middle of the night with worries about my next move as the pandemic does not exhibit any signs of easing up,” she says. She adds that she has been forced to sort for manual jobs to keep her family afloat.
Ms. Mary Wahome, a Counseling Psychologist and Programs Director at ‘The Reason to Hope,’ in Karen, Nairobi says that such kind of drastic life changes have an adverse effect on one’s mental status including their family members and if not addressed early can lead to depression among other issues.
“We have had cases of people indulging in substance abuse to deal with the uncertainty and stress brought about by the pandemic, this in turn leads to dependence and also domestic abuse,”
Sam Njoroge , a waiter at a local hotel in Kiambu, has found himself indulging in substance abuse due to challenges he is facing after the hotel he was working in was closed down as it has not yet met the standards required by the MOH to open.
“My day starts at 6am where I go to a local pub, here I can get a drink for as little as Sh30, It makes me suppress the frustration I feel.” he says.
Sam is among the many who have found themselves in the same predicament and resulted to substance abuse finding ways to beat strict measures put in place by the government on the sale of alcohol so as to cope.
Mary says, situations like Sam’s are dangerous and if not addressed early can lead to serious complications, including addiction and dependency, violent behavior and also early death due to health complications.
She has, however, lauded the government for encouraging mental wellness and also launching the Psychological First Aid (PFA) guide in the wake of the virus putting emphasis on the three action principal of look, listen and link. “When we follow this it will be easy to identify an individual in distress and also offer assistance”.
Mary has urged anyone feeling the weight of the virus taking a toll on them not to hesitate but look for someone to talk to.
“You should not only seek help from a specialist but also talk to a friend, let them know what you are undergoing and how you feel, this will help ease their emotional stress and also find ways of dealing with the situation they are facing,” She added
Mary continued to stress on the need to perform frequent body exercises as a form of stress relief, reading and also taking advantage of this unfortunate COVID-19 period to engage in hobbies and talent development.
“Let people take this as an opportunity to kip fit, get in touch with one’s inner self and also engage in reading that would help expand their knowledge.