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Conor McGregor was warned he "wouldn’t fight again" after his very first bout

Conor McGregor's fighting career was almost over before it had barely begun.

The Irishman made his mixed martial arts debut aged 20 against Ciaran Campbell in 2007.

McGregor appeared to wearing a pair of swimming shorts as he entered the ring in front of a packed crowd in the Ringside Boxing Club in Dublin.

And he showed an early glimpse of his power as his striking prowess saw the referee stop the fight after 91 seconds.

But when McGregor celebrated his fight with typical exuberance, his coach John Kavanagh was less than impressed.

"I'd literally only been training a week in MMA, I didn't even have a pair of shorts," McGregor explained in the Notorious documentary.

"I caught him with some heavy shots and there I was dancing, thinking, 'F*** this, this is what I'm gonna do for the rest of my time'.

"And when I went back to the gym the next day, John pulled me into a room and brought me upstairs. There was a little office there and he says, 'You won't be fighting again if you ever go on like that. The guy's hurt and you're running around screaming and bouncing around – we don't go on like that'.

"I took it on board for one fight!"

McGregor turned professional the following year and made a winning debut against Gary Morris in the Cage of Truth promotion.

He went on to become a two-weight Cage Warriors champion before moving to the UFC where he repeated the feat.

And it is fair to say McGregor has continued to celebrate in style and in 2016 he replicated WWE impresario Vince McMahon's 'billionaire strut'.

Reflecting on his win over Campbell last year, he tweeted: "McGregor vs Campbell. It was only right that my debut mixed martial arts fight was against a Campbell.

"The McGregors have been fighting the Campbells since the Highlands. Sworn enemies at a time. Nothing at this time. It showed me then that the path I was on, was correct."

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