Debuting in the UFC back in 2013, Conor McGregor wasted no time in running through the featherweight division, culminating with his incredible 13-second knockout win over Jose Aldo. However, it appears that "The Notorious" one's start to life inside the UFC could have looked very different had one man lifted the phone first.
Conor McGregor was knocking lightweight opposition out long before he stepped into the ring against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. According to Coach Kavanagh's book, Win or Learn: MMA, Conor McGregor and Me, the Dubliner could have debuted in the lightweight division had Joe Silva rang instead of Sean Shelby.
Despite winning his last pre-UFC fight as a 155lb fighter, Conor was signed by the organization as a featherweight because the contract offer had come via Sean Shelby, who matches all UFC fights from 145lb and below. From lightweight upwards, Joe Silva is the orchestrator. Had Joe made the initial offer, things would probably have been different. That was just the luck of the draw.
Conor McGregor would eventually replicate his success in Cage Warriors by becoming a two-division world champion for the first time in UFC history, with an additional pair of fights at 170lbs against Nate Diaz.
Smashing nearly every UFC and Madison Square Garden record at UFC 205, Conor McGregor put on a masterclass, knocking Eddie Alvarez out in the second round.
Following his historic night in New York City, the newly crowned lightweight champion decided to take a hiatus from the sport. The decision to take a break has seen the featherweight belt stripped from his waist in a move that has caused some controversy among fans, pundits and fighters.
A statement has yet to be made on the subject by Conor McGregor.