Conor McGregor is the most stylish MMA fighter ever
Buying up to 10 bespoke suits before each tour, Conor McGregor is the most stylish MMA fighter but it’s when he’s not suited that his fashion sense truly shines
Say what you want about MMA fighter Conor McGregor trash talking his way into the most lucrative fight in history with decorated boxer Floyd Mayweather; but for a guy whose chosen profession involves getting beaten into a pulp and not being allowed to shout, “not the face!”, the Mixed Martial Artist is one heck of a stylish man. In fact, from his lifestyle, Conor McGregor might just be the best dressed MMA fighter ever.
Currently signed to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), McGregor has taken a bit of flack recently for his upcoming bout with Floyd Mayweather because he’s never stepped into a boxing ring professionally and he’s about to fight, arguably, the greatest boxer of our generation. When asked on late night show Conan whether McGregor would be interested in switching sports, McGregor mischievously replied Conan O’Brien that he was willing to “dance” with Mayweather for US$180 million. That was back in July 2015 and on 26 August 2017, it looks like the McGregor-Mayweather fight joke is going to become a reality.
This is a stunning development mostly because Mayweather retired with a 49-0 professional boxing record during his career from 1996 to 2015 but with the McGregor-Mayweather fight potentially netting each man a cool figure north of US$100 million, he gave the bout the go ahead (though considering Mayweather’s US$225 millon networth, he more likely wanted to round up his fight statistics to an even 50-0). That said, the focus of this story is McGregor and how literally, the richer he gets, the better dressed he becomes.
Conor McGregor is the most Stylish MMA Fighter Ever
Possessed for a passion for fine watches like a diamond encrusted Franck Muller, an equally bejewelled Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore chronograph, a Patek Philippe Nautilus and a Rolex Sky-Dweller, McGregor spends a ton of money on tailored suits, particularly tailored suits from David August. An aside, McGregor is not the only celebrity client of the American tailor. David August dresses Hollywood superstars like Terence Howard, Chris Hemsworth and Sylvester Stallone. Brand CEO David Heil once disclosed to TMZ that McGregor orders 8 to 10 suits before each media tour, spending an estimated US$4,000 to US$10,000 on each suit – not an extraordinary sum but one similar in price ranges of the best bespoke suit tailors on Savile Row. If the numbers of suits ordered gives you pause, it should. Sizes of elite athletes, particularly fighters can fluctuate. McGregor might lose weight to meet weigh-in for featherweight class or pack on muscle for another fight in a different weight class, this means a new tailored bespoke suit is necessary for it to fit.
While fabric is essentially a fixed cost varying slightly with amount of material used, traditionally it’s the manual labour which goes into pattern cutting, canvasing and eventually stitching which adds up to the cost. Calculated per hour, each bespoke suit tends to take 40 to 70 hours of work depending on detail and complexity. That said, thanks to David August, it’s fairly easy to be considered well dressed, anyone could with the support of a personal tailor. But it’s when McGregor is out of a suit that his stylishness is really on full display.
For someone in the hyper-masculine blood sport, McGregor has a surprisingly defined eye for colour and proportions. A cursory glance at his instagram account, NotoriousMMA shows a fairly curated lifestyle of Bentley luxury cars, Lamborghini super cars, private jets and Louis Vuitton shirts.