Conor McGregor’s profile outside the Octagon continues to grow.
The recently-crowned featherweight champion has been named one of the “25 Hottest Sex Symbols of 2015” by Rolling Stone. The honor was not based on looks alone, however, as the candidates were selected based on “who made their mark on 2015, and looked good doing it.”
McGregor certainly made his mark in 2015. After dominating Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night in January, the “Notorious” finished Chad Mendes in the second round to capture interim 145-pound gold at UFC 189. He then closed out a memorable campaign by knocking out reigning featherweight king Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194. UFC 189 and UFC 194 now rank as the top two gates in Nevada history, and UFC 194 is the top grossing gate period for events held by the promotion in the United States.
“....There’s no denying that the brash, brawling Irishman is currently the biggest star in mixed martial arts (sorry, Ronda); and now, he's got Aldo's featherweight championship, too,” Rolling Stone wrote. “And while his accomplishments inside the Octagon are impressive, his flashy excesses outside of it make him legendary.”
McGregor currently does not have a fight booked, but he is considering a move to 155 pounds in hopes of becoming a two-division champion. If he does move up a division, UFC President Dana White has said that he will receive an immediate title shot.