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From phenom to troubled star, the arc of Conor McGregor's UFC career

As Conor McGregor nears first UFC fight in more than a year, we look at the extreme highs and lows of a remarkable career.

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UFC 246 viewers guide: McGregor returns with big plans; can Cerrone cancel them all?

What can we expect as Conor McGregor returns from an absence of over a year?

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    CONOR VS. COWBOY

    Stephen A. can see McGregor clipping Cerrone inside of 2 rounds

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    FACING OFF

    Conor McGregor, Donald Cerrone face off at ceremonial weigh-ins

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    CERRONE VS. MCGREGOR

    The incredible true story of Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone’s body

    Cowboy Cerrone has broken 100 bones, lost half of his intestines, been stepped on by a bull and nearly severed his ring finger on a wakeboard, yet somehow he has become the most durable -- and winningest -- cage fighter ever.

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    UFC 246 debate: Is Conor properly focused on Cowboy? Will fans remain loyal?

    If McGregor wins, should he call out Jorge Masvidal? Our panel of experts weighs in.

      MCGREGOR'S PATH

      White: McGregor's star power is comparable to Tyson, Holyfield, Leonard

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      Irish eyes: Controversies complicate Conor McGregor's return

      Questions abound as Conor McGregor returns to fighting. A trip to his native Ireland reveals that they extend well beyond the Octagon.

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      THE BEST OF CONOR AND COWBOY ON DEMAND

      UFC 229: McGregor submits to Khabib and post-fight chaos ensues

      Fight Night: Cowboy gets decision win over Al Iaquinta

      UFC 205: McGregor beats Eddie Alvarez to become two-division champ

      UFC 202: Cowboy knocks out Rick Story

        MCGREGOR'S THOUGHTS

        Conor McGregor on drinking during Khabib camp, $80M payday vs. Cowboy

        Conor McGregor discussed a variety of topics including boxing again, who's next after Cowboy and why he's abstaining from alcohol for this camp.

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        McGregor expects his biggest MMA payday ever vs. Cerrone

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