Like a lot of the sporting world, we’ve been focusing on Conor McGregor a little more than we should. What can we say? The man generates clicks. The world needs balance, though, so today we’re going in a completely different editorial direction and eschewing McGregor for … his girlfriend!
You know what they say about great men, right? That behind every one, there is an even greater woman. Now, while I may prefer to say “beside” rather than “behind,” and “a great group of supportive friends and family” rather than “woman,” the principle remains. Behind the great successes of one person, you will likely find the support, and often sacrifice, of others.
McGregor began his MMA career back in 2008, and after signing on with the UFC in 2013 quickly ascended the ranks and becoming a two-weight champion (featherweight and lightweight). The Dublin native has been in the main event for four out of the six highest-selling pay-per-view events in UFC history and, as you already know, shot to global superstardom this August when he boxed Floyd Mayweather.
Now, rumor has it that McGregor may have yet another milestone to celebrate in the near future, as he is reportedly planning to marry his long-time girlfriend and baby-mama, Dee Devlin, as early as 2018. The couple welcomed their first child, Conor Jack McGregor, back in May of this year. But what do we really know about the woman who has stolen his heart?
We know that Devlin has been by McGregor’s side a long time. After meeting in a nightclub in Dublin eight years ago, they have been inseparable. She has watched Mystic Mac go from nobody to hopeful, from undefeated MMA champ to overmatched boxing neophyte. According to McGregor, Devlin has been there every day since he started out. She would “drive [him] to the gym, and she’d listen to all [his] dreams.”
As McGregor’s career began to take off, Devlin quit her job to focus her energy on supporting her partner — a sacrifice that has not gone unnoticed by the UFC champion. He has gone on record as saying, “For me to be able to take her out of work, give her everything she’s ever wanted and to travel the world with, fills me with pride.”
Dee is now officially part of the McGregor team, working as his financial manager and traveling the world with the fighter. She even trains alongside McGregor and still gets nervous each and every time he steps in the ring.
McGregor himself has credited much of his success to Dee’s support, stating that he may never have become the champion that he is today without her by his side. He, in his own words, “wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for her…[He’s] doing it all for her.”
The two Dublin-born lovers seem completely besotted with one another still, which — after eight plus years — is something to admire. Now with Conor Jr. and a possible wedding to plan, it seems as though the future is quite bright for Conor and Dee. Here’s hoping it doesn’t take some sort of reality TV-style twist (shameless plug).
Let’s have some fun and look at the odds for what that future may look like for the … McGrevlins?
Odds that McGregor proposes to Devlin by the end of 2017: 1/5
Rumor has it, and honestly, I believe it. The couple seems madly in love with one another and they have a beautiful son that they clearly adore. Just look at how happy Conor was to see his partner (and son) after his loss to Mayweather. Cynics say, “it’s already been eight years, why now?” It’s a fair question, one I answer with: money changes things, so $160 million should affect a lot of change.
Odds that McGregor and Devlin marry in 2018: 2/7
It’s not as though they need to save up the money, or anything. Dublin, get ready for what will undoubtedly be the biggest party you’ve seen in many, many years.
Odds that Conor Jr. has a custom-made suit for the wedding: 1/7
If he got a three-piece for the fight, he’s gonna have a three-piece for the wedding — no doubt whatsoever.
Odds that McGregor will leave Devlin for another woman in the next five years: 20/1
We all know how this rich-and-famous thing goes, right? With this much money under his belt and his new immense notoriety, there are going to be a lot of people vying for McGregor’s attention. So, yes, there is a chance — but, truthfully, the chance is slim based on everything we know about the dedicated couple.
Odds of Devlin leaving Team Notorious for another job before McGregor retires: 100/1
She has a fantastic gig where she is. She gets to travel the world, be with her man, and raise her son with him no matter where in the world needs to be. That’s pretty ideal if you ask me. Not only that, but she is on payroll for a man bringing in millions, so I’m sure her cut is pretty hefty, as well. She isn’t going to go anywhere else anytime soon.
Featured image: Conor McGregor at a UFC press conference (by Andrius Petrucenia (Flickr) [CC License])
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