How Conor McGregor went from cashing welfare checks to a nine-figure payday

His post-fight interview had ended, but the crowd at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, was still buzzing about Conor McGregor’s 67-second knockout of Marcus Brimage in the Irishman’s UFC debut on April 6, 2013.

Just as Fox MMA analyst Kenny Florian finished the interview and had begun to turn away, McGregor reached out to grab the microphone to say one more thing.

“Dana,” McGregor shouted, referring to UFC president Dana White. “Sixty G’s, baby!”

He let go a devilish laugh and soaked in the roars from the adoring crowd.

This was a man who but a week earlier had accepted public assistance – about $235 – in his native Ireland. He was struggling to make ends meet and needed help from the government to make his way.

By stopping Brimage, McGregor earned a bonus of $60,000 for Knockout of the Night. That was the first step on an incredibly fast journey that made him the biggest name in mixed martial arts.

On Tuesday in Los Angeles, exactly 1,558 days later, McGregor will take the next step toward a fight that will pay him close to, or slightly more

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