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2013 Prediction comes true: Conor McGregor receives BJJ Blackbelt

LockerRoom Team
05 September 2023

In a momentous occasion that marks a pinnacle in his martial arts journey, Conor McGregor proudly announced his long-awaited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. The announcement came via his social media, where he expressed gratitude to his coach and mentor, John Kavanagh, and celebrated the culmination of two decades of relentless hard work.

McGregor's journey in the world of mixed martial arts has been nothing short of extraordinary. From the early days of his career to becoming a two-division UFC champion, "The Notorious" has consistently pushed the boundaries of what is achievable in the sport. His recent achievement of a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a testament to his unwavering commitment to self-improvement and his dedication to mastering all aspects of combat sports.

In his announcement, McGregor also paid tribute to his coach, John Kavanagh, who has been a guiding force in his career. The bond between fighter and coach is a sacred one, and Kavanagh's role in McGregor's evolution as a martial artist cannot be overstated.

This achievement is not just a personal milestone for McGregor; it's a reminder to aspiring fighters that with hard work, dedication, and the right guidance, anything is possible. McGregor's journey from a young fighter with a dream to a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt holder is an inspiration to many.

Received my black belt tonight from my coach, friend, and mentor, @coach_kavanagh of @sbgireland! 20 years of hard work! Thank you John for everything over the years, and to all of my team mates 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!!

Interestingly, this accomplishment harks back to a tweet McGregor made in 2013 where he expressed his ambitions, including wanting a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. He outlined his desire for "two gold belts, a jiu-jitsu black belt, a hall of fame plaque, and 25 million in the bank." Remarkably, McGregor has now achieved a significant part of his ambitious list.

As he proudly dons his black belt and embraces this new chapter in his martial arts journey, Conor McGregor continues to captivate the world with his unyielding determination, ambition, and the pursuit of greatness within the octagon.


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