We don’t know if you’ve heard of this guy named Conor McGregor.
He does some sort of fighting sports or something.
And he’s pretty good?
Okay, if our sarcasm wasn’t as transparent as we were hoping.
Let’s just say that you’d have to have been living underground for the last five years.
To not know who Conor McGregor is.
Conor was the face of the UFC for many years.
And to this day, anticipation over when/.
If he will return is through the roof.
As if that’s not all, he also recently stepped out of his comfort zone of the Octagon and switched it for the boxing ring.
Where he took on Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather Jnr in a boxing match that the world never thought they’d see.
But does Conor McGregor take steroids?
Well, in this article, that’s what we’re going to be looking at.
You see, some people insist that all athletes, regardless of their sport.
Are taking some form of steroid to compete at the top of their game.
They say that you can’t compete at that level and be natural at the same time.
Now, usually, the people making these claims are about 30 pounds overweight.
They workout once in a blue moon.
And is adamant that because they read an article in some nothing newspaper.
They’re suddenly experts on steroids and sports and fitness in general.
But what about those with credibility?
When they say that athletes.
And, in this case, fighters, are taking steroids.
Is there any truth to that?
Let’s try to find out as we look at does Conor McGregor take steroids or is he a natural athlete.
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First off, Conor is multi-time UFC champion.
Which makes him tougher than a 5-dollar steak.
We’ve seen him fight, and we know what it takes to compete in MMA at any level.
Therefore, it’s probably not wise to get on his bad side.
That’s why we’re making it crystal clear that the content in this article is based purely on speculation on our parts.
We have no proof of whether Connor is or is not using steroids.
We’re simply here to give our opinions.
Now that we’ve hopefully avoided any costly legal action.
Or perhaps an armbar instead.
Here’s a look at whether we THINK Connor McGregor is on steroids.
You may have heard the song, where the lyrics went something like ‘There’s only one Connor McGregor, and there’s no better fighter.
He’s gonna’ knock out Floyd Mayweather’.
Now, spoiler alert, he didn’t know Floyd out, and he didn’t win.
But he more than held his own and netted himself more money than many of us can possibly dream of.
So kudos to Conor for being such a savvy businessman.
But who is Conor McGregor?
Conor McGregor is arguably the most infamous MMA fighter in the world right now.
And he is probably one of the richest fighters currently walking around as well.
Hailing from Ireland, specifically, Dublin, Conor was born in 1988.
His journey to the top of the MMA world is a real, rags to riches story.
And is the stuff that people can’t seem to get enough of.
Conor grew up in a rough estate in Dublin with very little money in his family and is now one of the wealthiest fighters on the planet.
He began his MMA career back in 2008, and in less than a decade he went on to become of the biggest names and most recognized faces in the sport.
Conor’s personality isn’t for everybody.
And he is quite the polarizing figure.
He has hoards of fans, but he also has his haters, and boy do they hate him.
His haters and the nay-sayers, however, only spur him on to better himself.
Having been out of the spotlight since his bout with Floyd (other than a recent brush with the law) Conor is now back in the gym and looks set to be training for a comeback.
Against who, and when, however, remains to be seen.
Conor McGregor was born July 14th, 1988, in Dublin Ireland.
Conor grew up in a rough part of Dublin.
And would often find himself getting into scrapes with the other kids in the area.
He had a fairly normal upbringing, however, and attended primary and secondary school.
Where he instantly took a liking to play soccer, or football, for our European readers.
He proved to be a very good player and went on to play for a number of years.
On the pitch, however, he again found himself getting into fights with other players.
He was encouraged to channel his aggression through boxing.
So from aged 12, that’s what he did.
He started boxing for a local boxing club.
And he took to it like a duck to water.
He was a natural and it was clear that he was very talented.
By 2006, still living at home, Conor moved to a different part of Dublin with his family, where he met UFC fighter, Tom Egan.
The two became great friends and Conor was encouraged to take up MMA by Tom.
To earn money, he worked for less than minimum wage as an apprentice plumber.
But with what little money he did have.
He used to pay for healthy food, supplements, and MMA lessons.
When he was 18, Conor had his first amateur MMA fight, against Kieran Campbell.
He won via TKO in the very first round, and he looked so impressive that the Irish Cage of Truth promotion signed him as a professional shortly afterward.
He was now a pro fighter, but that was only the beginning.
By 2008, John Kavanagh began training Conor and in March he had his first pro bout.
In which he was victorious.
He won several more fights and incurred a loss.
But continued to look impressive each time he fought.
As president of the UFC, Dana White was in Ireland at the time, he was literally mobbed by fans demanding that he sign Conor.
White listened to the fans, did a little research, met with Conor.
And a few days later Conor had been signed by the biggest MMA promotion on the planet.
In 2013 Conor debuted on the preliminary card and was victorious in the first round, and even won ‘knockout of the night’.
It was clear that he was special, and the fans overseas loved him.
His no-nonsense cocky attitude drew attention from all angles.
Conor won his next fight but sustained an ACL injury which kept him out for 10 months.
Many thought he’d be finished when he returned.
They were wrong.
After returning to the Octagon after surgery to repair his ACL.
Fans were eager to see what kind of shape Conor was in and whether he’d lost a step or two.
Conor returned to his hometown of Dublin and won against Diego Brandao.
His performance in the octagon earned him the ‘performance of the night’ award.
Conor was officially back, and he looked better than ever.
By 2015 Conor had his sights set on gold and he went on to win the UFC Featherweight Championship as well as the UFC Lightweight.
Which he was recently stripped of due to inactivity.
While we’d love to cover Conor’s MMA career in more detail.
We’ve not even addressed the question of does Conor McGregor takes steroids or is he natural?
Right, let’s now get down to the nitty-gritty and look at whether the Notorious One really is natural or if he is on, or has used, steroids before.
Remember, this is only based on speculation and on our own opinions:
Without naming names, there are a number of IFBB pro bodybuilders out there that are less than 6 feet in height, yet they weigh close to 300 pounds.
This isn’t 300 pounds of flab either, this is 300 pounds of solid muscle.
In all honesty, we are 99.99% sure they’re on steroids because being that big.
At that height is just not natural and is virtually impossible while natural.
If Conor stood next to an IFBB pro bodybuilder.
They would dwarf him in terms of mass, as many of their biceps would be bigger than Conor’s waist.
Conor would still almost certainly choke them out in less than a minute in the Octagon.
But on a bodybuilding stage, it would be a no contest.
Conor’s weight fluctuates depending on who he is fighting.
And in which weight class, but he’s never huge.
Typically, he sits at around 168 pounds, though he has got as low as 145 pounds before.
Building that amount of muscle naturally is very possible.
Though it can also be done through steroids.
So let’s keep going.
Back in 2015, Conor, who stands at around 5ft 8 inches in height.
Dieted down to around 145 pounds.
He was absolutely ripped, but he looked ill.
Literally, he looked like a crack head.
A few months later, he was back up to 168 pounds.
And he looked much healthier.
This gain of 20 pounds happened in less than four months, however.
Most people wouldn’t gain that much muscle in a year.
But Conor did it in around three months.
So what’s the story?
Well, at 145 pounds, his body was not comfortable at that weight.
His normal, healthy weight is in the 160s.
Therefore, once he upped his calories and stopped dieting.
His body simply went back to the weight it's comfortable to function properly.
If Conor was to try to bulk up to 195 pounds, there’s no way he’d gain 25 pounds of muscle naturally in just three months.
As again, his body would be out of its comfort zone.
So, this transformation, as impressive as it sounds, is achievable naturally.
Arguably Conor’s fiercest rivalry was against Nate Diaz.
Nate called Conor out in public and accused him of taking steroids.
When called out, Conor’s normally cool, calm, and cocky demeanor wobbled.
And he looked and sounded a little shaken.
Conor never outright denied taking steroids.
He instead deflected the question back onto Nate.
He spoke in the past tense, and he used sarcasm.
As well as a double negative ‘I’m not on no steroids’.
In the past, a number of UFC fighters have gone on record as saying steroids in the UFC are an epidemic.
Drug tests were performed, but fighters knew when they were being tested.
To clear things up, the United States Anti-Doping Agency was brought in.
Since, USADA, a number of UFC fighters have been busted for steroids and anti-estrogens.
Including Brock Lesnar after his victory against Mark Hunt.
Conor however, has never been busted.
Though he hasn’t been very active in the UFC for a while such as Sage Northcutt.
You know, what with putting on around a 100 million dollar fight against one of the greatest boxers of all time.
Sometimes if an athlete gains a lot of muscle, or drops a lot of fat quickly, this can be due to steroids.
If you look at Conor however, other than dieting way down to 145 pounds.
His physique has remained the same.
He is lean, at around 10% body fat or so, he has good muscle mass and decent definition.
Though he isn’t ripped to shreds or overly vascular.
As his physique hasn’t undergone any dramatic changes.
It could be that he is indeed natural, and has been all along.
After a lot of deliberation, we believe Conor to be natural.
He looks great, but there are no obvious signs of steroid use.
He’s never failed a test, and he has denied using them.
Even if it wasn’t the most sincere of denials.
If he had ever used anything.
We’d say it was a powerful fat-burning steroids like Clen or Winstrol or maybe turinabol, when he dieted down to 2015, though that could still easily be achieved naturally.
Reda is an ACE Certified Nutritionist, Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt and bodybuilder with 11 years of experience. He's been published on many influential websites such as lifehack.org, Wealthy Gorilla, Good Men Project and more.