CONOR MCGREGOR has enjoyed a meteoric rise to become one of the most talked about sports stars on the planet.

The Irish star, nicknamed 'Notorious', returns to the Octagon on January 23 to fight old foe Dustin Poirier on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi at UFC 257.

It's eight years since he first fought in the UFC – knocking out Marcus Brimage in the first round of their 2013 bout.

He became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two belts in two weight divisions simultaneously.

Then, there was his battles with Nate Diaz, his rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov and THAT exhibition boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

Retirement was toyed with, until he came out of a exile to fight Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone back in January 2020.

Not bad for a former apprentice plumber, who gambled with a career in the MMA.

SunSport presents his life in pictures, starting all the way back to 2012 when he was a Cage Warriors champ.

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