Conor McGregor’s leaked rejection email shows UFC almost made huge mistake

Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh has shown an email where the Irishman was initially rejected by the UFC just two months before he was given the call to sign for the promotion.

The Irishman was the Cage Warriors two-weight world champion, having won the featherweight and lightweight titles in the promotion, which has become something of a feeder system for the UFC.

But matchmaker Sean Shelby told Haraldur Nelson, father of UFC welterweight Gunnar, that he wouldn't be able to sign McGregor due to the number of featherweights they had on the roster already.

Last year, Kavanagh shared the email as part of the 'how it started v how it's going' trend, showing the rejection, before a photo of McGregor weighing in with a capacity crowd watching.

"Thanks for the email," Shelby told Nelson. "If I can use any of your fighters, especially Conor, I will contact you.

"At the moment, the featherweight division is terribly impacted from so many UFC lightweights moving down in weight.

"So, I'm not looking to sign anyone else for a while, but hopefully, it will clear up soon and guys like Conor will get the opportunity."

But just two months later when featherweight prospect Marcus Brimmage lost an opponent in the lead-up to a fight in Sweden, McGregor was given the call to make his debut.

At the time, Brimmage was a 6-1 pro, undefeated in his three fights with the promotion and viewed as a potentially important player in the division.

But within just under 70 seconds, McGregor had stopped him with a brutal KO to kickstart one of the greatest runs in promotional history.

He would go on to beat future champions Max Holloway and Dustin Poirier, The Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Brandao and top-ranked Dennis Siver before winning the interim featherweight belt against Chad Mendes.

And McGregor's superstardom went to a whole new level when he knocked out Jose Aldo within just 13 seconds of their undisputed featherweight title fight at UFC 194 in December 2015.

He lost his first fight since becoming champion when having agreed to face Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight belt, the Brazilian pulled out and he had to jump up two weight classes to face Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

But he won their UFC 202 rematch just months later, and would fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt by November 2016 at UFC 205 in New York.

McGregor made history again at Madison Square Garden when he stopped Alvarez to become the first ever simultaneous two-weight world champion in the promotion's history.

He would then take an extended break from the octagon, swapping to the boxing ring for a mega money boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

The bout made him a reported $100million+, and despite losing via 10th round TKO, the Irishman made a name for himself in the ring with the event becoming the second biggest boxing match of all time.

And since he has returned to the cage, going 1-2 in his bouts with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone and Dustin Poirier, all of which were top 10-selling pay-per-view events.

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