ByJustin Golightly, writer at Creators.co
Design wizard. MMA mathematician. Formerly of Middle Easy, Justin Golightly has been featured on Bleacher Report, Uproxx and TMZ.
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It's hard to think of a time before Conor McGregor, but he really hasn't been around that long. While he's only been in the UFC since 2013, if you explore his journey before the flaming Lambos and amassing his millions, his career becomes even more interesting. Six years ago, the bald boy from Crumlin's gorilla tattoo was missing, but the power in his sniper left was already there.

This was just the second fight in what would become a ridiculous 15-fight win streak — 14 of those being finishes — leading all the way up to his loss to . Hate the loud-mouth all you want, but performances like that simply cannot be denied. Now, this lowly plumber is MMA's biggest star and could even fight .

Pascal Krauss was Nelson's original opponent, but he got the choke anyway.
Pascal Krauss was Nelson's original opponent, but he got the choke anyway.

Even back then, you can see the sparkles of the McGregor we've come to know and form a love/hate relationship with. In this post-fight interview from SevereMMA, McGregor puts over his teammates and even predicted 's UFC debut right down to the finish.

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