Conor McGregor was delighted to finally get his hands on a jiu-jitsu black belt after 20 years of training.
In 2013, the Irishman tweeted: “I just want two gold belts, a jiu-jitsu blackbelt, a hall of fame plaque and 25 million in the bank. Is that too much to ask? Gym time!!”
Since then, he has become a two-weight world champion in the UFC, he has a lot more than £25 million given he is one of the highest paid athletes in the world and now has his coveted black belt, although he may have to wait a bit longer for that Hall-of-Fame plaque.
On Monday, McGregor was awarded his black belt by his long-term coach, John Kavanagh, and re-posted his tweet from 2013.
McGregor also posted pictures of himself on Instagram with his new belt alongside the caption: “Received my black belt tonight from my coach, friend and mentor John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland.
“Twenty 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!”
McGregor is best known for his striking ability in the UFC, but now with a jiu-jitsu black belt in his locker, perhaps he will start looking for more victories by submission when he returns to the octagon.
Although when that will be is yet to be determined, as he was expected to fight Michael Chandler before the end of the year, but he has remained out of the USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) drug testing pool and he needs to be in it for at least six months before he can compete in the UFC.