What Jiu Jitsu Rank Is Conor McGregor? Well, Conor McGregor Just Received His Black Belt!
In a remarkable journey spanning two decades, Conor McGregor, the UFC sensation, has achieved a series of ambitious goals. A decade ago, McGregor outlined his aspirations, including claiming two world titles, amassing $25 million, and earning the coveted Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt.
Now, McGregor, aged 34, can proudly check off all three milestones, but what belt is Conor McGregor in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu?
Conor McGregor's Journey to the Black Belt
On a memorable Monday night, McGregor's dream became a reality as he received his black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
The prestigious honor was conferred upon him by his long-time coach, John Kavanagh, during a ceremony held at SBG Ireland's Dublin gym.
This black belt represents the pinnacle of mastery in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, marking a monumental achievement for McGregor.
McGregor's Versatile Skillset
Initially celebrated for his striking prowess, particularly in the featherweight and lightweight divisions, McGregor's wrestling and grappling abilities often flew under the radar.
McGregor had previously attained his brown belt in 2014, but it was his relentless dedication and nine years of unwavering effort that led to the coveted black belt status.
Conor McGregor's Black Belt Milestone
Taking to Instagram to share his elation, McGregor wrote, "Received my black belt tonight from my coach, friend, and mentor, Coach [John] Kavanagh of SBG Ireland! 20 years of hard work! Thank you, John, for everything over the years, and to all of my teammates throughout this incredible jiu-jitsu journey! Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart! A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, wow! Praise be to God and then Helio. I'll be in the Gi in it tomorrow Helio, I promise, and I cannot wait!! What a buzz."
To express his gratitude, McGregor also shared a video of the ceremony with the caption, "Thank you John, means the world!"
Coach John Kavanagh's Reflection
During the emotional ceremony, Coach John Kavanagh remarked, "It's not normal to give out a belt during the no-gi class, but nothing about this man's career or life has been normal. An incredible exponent of martial arts his whole life, he obviously excelled in the professional area but for me it's his interest and passion about it day-to-day. Whether it's working with a new guy, or training with pros it's a huge pleasure for me to give long-time student, but also one of my best friends."
Conor McGregor's remarkable journey to attaining a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt represents not only a personal milestone but also a testament to his unwavering dedication to martial arts and his enduring friendship with Coach John Kavanagh.
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