This Month’s MMA Birthdays: Conor McGregor Turns 30

By Brian Knapp Jul 1, 2018

He remains the brightest star in the mixed martial arts sky, even though he has not fought in nearly 20 months. Former two-division Ultimate Fighting Championship titleholder Conor McGregor will celebrate his 30th birthday on July 14.

The SBG Ireland lynchpin has kept his name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in recent months, his dolly attack on a charter bus carrying fighters overshadowing and singlehandedly reshaping UFC 223 in April. Glass from a shattered window took out both Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg, resulting in McGregor’s arrest and a public-relations nightmare for the promotion. The “Notorious” Irishman has not fought since he stopped Eddie Alvarez with second-round punches to capture the undisputed lightweight crown in November 2016 and become the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two divisions simultaneously. McGregor was also in possession of the featherweight belt at the time but was later stripped of both championships due to inactivity. He went on to face Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a blockbuster boxing match in August, banking millions while losing by 10th-round technical knockout. Though talk of a potential return to MMA continues, McGregor remains on the sidelines.

Others in MMA celebrating a birthday during the month of July:

JULY 1

Amar Suloev, 1976-2016
Vener Galiev, 43
Forrest Griffin, 39
Cat Zingano, 36
Ali Yaakub, 34
Karlos Vemola, 33
Norman Paraisy, 32
William Macario, 27

JULY 2

Brad Cardinal, 40
Vinny Magalhaes, 34
Godofredo Castro, 31
Brett Cooper, 31
Hakeem Dawodu, 27

JULY 3

Mike Bencic, 52
Wanderlei Silva, 42
Tommy Depret, 39
Sascha Weinpolter, 32

JULY 4

Dave Vader, 41
Julia Budd, 35
Shamil Zavurov, 34
Tyrell Fortune, 28

JULY 5

John Alessio, 39
Edson Berto, 35
Kevin Knabjian, 34
Ian McCall, 34
Waqar Umar, 28

JULY 6

Tom Erikson, 54
Masaaki Sugawara, 39
Mike Rio, 37
Gesias Cavalcante, 35
Hans Stringer, 31

JULY 7

Jason Brilz, 43
Pat Barry, 39
Eliot Marshall, 38
Stav Economou, 32
Patricio Freire, 31
Cody Garbrandt, 27

JULY 8

Taiei Kin, 48
Randy Brown, 28
Jonas Billstein, 27
Angela Lee, 22

JULY 9

Renato Sobral, 43
Tim Credeur, 41
George Sotiropoulos, 41
Gerald Turek, 39
Peter Davis, 37
Cristiane Justino, 33
Ashlee Evans-Smith, 31

JULY 10

Pete Williams, 43
Gleison Tibau, 35
Brock Jardine, 33
Aaron Derrow, 31

JULY 11

Josh Clopton, 37
Enoc Solves Torres, 34
Brandon Thatch, 33
Kron Gracie, 30

JULY 12

Keiichiro Yamamiya, 46
Brock Lesnar, 41
Carlos Eduardo Rocha, 37
Mitch Whitesel, 37
Cody Pfister, 28

JULY 13

Dave Strasser, 49
Hidehiko Hasegawa, 40
Jonathan Goulet, 39
Tom Watson, 36
Rina Tomita, 34

JULY 14

Kazushi Sakuraba, 49
Mostapha Al-Turk, 45
Falaniko Vitale, 44
Wagnney Fabiano, 43
Rolles Gracie, 40
Leonard Garcia, 39
Shane Roller, 39
Ray Sloan, 33
Alex Garcia, 31
Conor McGregor, 30
Jason Knight, 26
Nicholas Lee, 23

JULY 15

Antony Rea, 42
Matt Mitrione, 40
Chris Curtis, 31
Viktor Pesta, 28

JULY 16

Javier Vazquez, 41
Toby Imada, 40
Kazuhiro Nakamura, 39
Walel Watson, 34
Lacey Schuckman, 30
Louis Smolka, 27

JULY 17

Alexander Otsuka, 47
Yuki Kondo, 43
Sean McCorkle, 42
Ricardo Arona, 40
Mamed Khalidov, 38
Travis Browne, 36
Saul Elizondo, 33
Mike Byrnes, 28

JULY 18

Crosley Gracie, 39
Hatsu Hioki, 35
Ben Askren, 34
Alexander Yakovlev, 34

JULY 19

Jeremiah Constant, 44
Raphael Assuncao, 36
Alan Patrick Silva Alves, 35
Elvis Mutapcic, 32
Hector Sandoval, 32
Jon Jones, 31

JULY 20

Aaron Simpson, 44
Pat Healy, 35
Ryan Healy, 35
Gilbert Burns, 32

JULY 21

Chris Leben, 38
Yushin Okami, 37
Antonio dos Santos Jr., 30
Filip Pejic, 26

JULY 22

Carlos Barreto, 50
Adrienna Jenkins, 37
Mark Hominick, 36
Eddie Gordon, 35
Cain Carrizosa, 32
Rory MacDonald, 29

JULY 23

Guram Gugenishvili, 1987-2014
Georgy Kaysinov, 47
Akira Kikuchi, 40
Sergio Moraes, 36
LeVon Maynard, 35
Chad Laprise, 32
Marcus Vanttinen, 31
Teruto Ishihara, 27

JULY 24

Jason DeLucia, 49
Takahiro Kajita, 42
Nathan Coy, 40
Mike Lullo, 39
Tim Carpenter, 38
Josh Sampo, 34
Julian Lane, 31

JULY 25

Seth Kleinbeck, 45
Tiequan Zhang, 40
Tom Niinimaki, 36
Michel Prazeres, 35
Vitaly Bigdash, 34
Eric Wisely, 34
Chris Honeycutt, 30

JULY 26

Jeff Blatnick, 1957-2012
Yukio Sakaguchi, 45
Tony DeSouza, 44
Devin Clark, 30
Anthony Smith, 30

JULY 27

Drew McFedries, 40
Lauren Murphy, 35
Daniel Straus, 34
Julia Borisova, 33
Rafael Carvalho, 32
Jessica Eye, 32

JULY 28

Dana White, 49
Danny Davis Jr., 36
Cain Velasquez, 36
Ilir Latifi, 35
George Pacurariu, 34
Darrell Horcher, 31
Gunnar Nelson, 30

JULY 29

Dave Menne, 44
Yoshihiro Akiyama, 43
Jay Hieron, 42
Steve Bosse, 37
Matt Grice, 37

JULY 30

Murilo Bustamante, 52
Fabricio Werdum, 41
Marius Zaromskis, 38
Robert Emerson, 37
Anthony Christodoulou, 31

JULY 31

Jim Theobald, 41
Tito Jones, 37
Joseph Benavidez, 34
Uriah Hall, 34
Julian Erosa, 29
Aljamain Sterling, 29
Thomas Almeida, 27

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