First man to beat McGregor in MMA match ended up losing 10 of his last 11 fights

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Artemij Sitenkov was the first man to beat Conor McGregor in MMA back in 2008 but lost 10 of his last 11 fights and is yet to return to the Octagon since a second retirement in 2020.

'Notorious' is one of the most famous faces within the UFC with a professional record of 22-6.

But before Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov forced him into submission, the Irishman was first undone by a Lithuanian minnow.

Born in Vilnius, Sitenkov made his MMA debut in 2004, fighting on nine occasions with a record of 5-4, before coming up against a baby-faced McGregor in 2008.

At only 19-years-old McGregor suffered the first defeat of his prestigious career, submitting after just 69 seconds of the first round with Sitenkov choking him with the kneebar.

And while Dias and Khabib recorded millions for their victories over the Irishman, Sitenkov was handed a cheque of just €500 (£420) for submitting McGregor.

He told The Irish Mirror: "It didn't change anything. I earned something after he became famous. It wasn't enormous money which changed my life. It was just easy money.

"It is mostly a topic of conversation or the source of a joke. It has not changed my life.

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"I realised I beat teenager Conor McGregor, but not the superstar Conor McGregor.

"It was a low level fight for a local promotion. I think it was organised by his coach, John Kavanagh.

"I finished my career but after Conor became very popular, I had a lot of quite alright proposals to fight and I took them.

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While the Independent report McGregor has gone on to amass a wealth of €170m (£144.9m), Sitenkov was never fortunate enough to make a killing from the sport.

After an indifferent career, the Lithuanian retired from MMA in 2016 with a record of 15-16, losing nine of his last 10 fights.

He then made one comeback appearance in 2020 against Tuomas Gronvall which he also lost.

Following his first retirement, Sitenkov auctioned off his fight-winning trunks from the bout with McGregor with half the money raised going to a local orphanage.

The auction closed the night before McGregor's clash with Floyd Mayweather, for which the Irishman bagged a cool £21m.

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