Conor McGregor recently attained a significant milestone that held great personal importance to him. In a no-gi training session at SBG Ireland, McGregor was bestowed with the prestigious title of a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belt by his long-term mentor and coach, John Kavanagh. This accomplishment marked a profound moment in McGregor’s martial arts journey, and it signified the culmination of years of dedication and hard work.
For the past 15 years, Conor McGregor has been a prominent figure in the world of professional mixed martial arts (MMA). During this time, he had held the rank of a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. However, the coveted black belt had always been an aspiration close to his heart.
McGregor expressed his immense gratitude and emotion about achieving his BJJ black belt, stating, “It means the world to me. It’s my life.” He acknowledged the significance of receiving this honor from his coach, John Kavanagh, emphasizing that very few individuals have had the privilege of becoming black belts under Kavanagh’s guidance. McGregor’s journey with Kavanagh spans two decades, highlighting the depth of their mentorship and the dedication required to attain this prestigious rank.
The announcement of McGregor’s BJJ black belt was accompanied by a video of the belt presentation during the training session, which McGregor himself shared on his social media platforms. Additionally, he took to Instagram to express his gratitude, thanking his coach, friends, and teammates for their unwavering support throughout his remarkable journey in the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
In McGregor’s heartfelt Instagram post, he wrote, “Received my black belt tonight from my coach, friend, and mentor, @coach_kavanagh of @sbgireland! 20 years of hard work!” He expressed his eagerness to continue his jiu-jitsu journey and promised to don the gi for training, a testament to his dedication and passion for the sport.
True to his charismatic character, McGregor chose to celebrate this remarkable achievement in his own unique style. He shared images of himself celebrating the BJJ black belt promotion in his pub while proudly wearing the black belt.
This milestone in McGregor’s career aligns with a tweet from November 2013, where he expressed his aspirations, including achieving a BJJ black belt. McGregor has remarkably realized many of the goals he set for himself, including winning two UFC gold belts and achieving financial success.
With his BJJ black belt now secured, Conor McGregor continues to make history and inspire fans worldwide with his dedication and accomplishments in the world of combat sports.