Rare footage of Conor McGregor’s only submission win before career decline

Conor McGregor is planning a bumper return to UFC action following consecutive defeats at the hands of Dustin Poirier – and is taking inspiration from his solo submission victory.

The Irishman lost two of his first six MMA bouts before a run of seven consecutive victories booked him a Cage Warriors Featherweight Championship bout against Dave Hill back in 2012.

Now, on the ten-year anniversary of that night, McGregor shared footage of the closing stages of the event as he sent his opponent to the ground with a head kick and steamed in with a punch before working his way into position to secure a rear-naked choke.

With Hill tapping in the second round, McGregor became the first-ever MMA world champion from Ireland, celebrating with delirious fans in Dublin.

One fan said in response: "The story has not reached its final chapter."

With a second adding: "Greatest fighter of all time."

And a third saying: "The rest is history."

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McGregor went on to win the Cage Warriors Lightweight Championship against Ivan Buchinger in his next bout, making his way to the UFC where he would again become a double champion.

Those fights seem a very long time ago in terms of McGregor's career, having tasted three defeats from his last four fights – against first Khabib Nurmagomedov and Poirier twice last year.

Despite those damaging losses, the latter of which including a broken tibia, the 33-year-old has his sights set on a UFC return and ruled out an imminent return to boxing.

He told Sky Sports in May: "Boxing is my first love in combat sports and I had such a great time the last time I was out there.

"Obviously my return will be inside the octagon for the UFC and Mixed Martial Arts, that story is far from over – in fact, that story is just beginning.

"So that’s where I will make my return, but boxing for sure I will grace the squared circle again in the future.”

Adding: "My body is doing good, I’m out here with my full team.

“Obviously I’m enjoying the Monaco Grand Prix, and then after that we’re going to up the training a little bit by bit. I should be able to kick now – I’ve got a CT scan in the coming days, and then I’ll be cleared to kick.

“Once I can kick and grapple, I’ll be back in in no time. Boxing training is going well and strength training, but I’m excited to get back."

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