Conor McGregor receives jiu-jitsu black belt after '20 years of hard work'
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Conor McGregor has finally received his black belt in jiu-jitsu.
After two decades of 'hard work', the UFC legend revealed today (5 September) that he had made the grade.
I mean, it's hard to think that someone who has won all the titles the Irishman has, dominating two weight divisions, that he wasn't already a black belt, but it's true.
In a post to his Instagram, the 35-year-old said he was proud of the achievement and thanked his team for all their support along the way.
Sharing some snaps of him receiving the coveted belt, McGregor said: "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!"
He went on: "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."
Following the news, fans and followers piled into the comments to show their support for the Notorious, congratulating him on the milestone.
One user said: "Well deserved. Despite what people say, you're pretty exceptional on the ground, especially with MMA being your main focus."
Another commented: "A journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step. Congrats and well deserved champ."
"What an achievement," put a third. "Only a select few will ever know the feeling. Congratulations to you and to @coach_kavanagh."
While someone else added: "Congratulations Champ Champ."
Not everyone has been so complimentary of McGregor's abilities of late.
And it's safe to say there's some bad blood between the two camps.
Speaking about McGregor, Paul said: “Conor McGregor’s an average MMA fighter and a horrible boxer. I’m going to beat the s**t out of his b**ch Dillon, and then I’m going to beat the s**t out of him.
“But he ghosted me, bro. He won’t even bet $1 million on his fighter. That’s chump change for a guy like Conor. He won’t even bet $1 million on Dillon.
"He had nothing to say when I called him out on Twitter. Do you think he’s going to step in there himself? I don’t know, it feels unlikely."