Conor McGregor is without a doubt one of the most well-known boxers in the world, and there are several explanations as to why this is the case. The Irishman is widely considered to be the best trash-talker in the world of combat sports. In addition, the mystique that used to surround his left hand was a result of his magnificent counterpunching within the octagon, which is where the fights took place.
“The Notorious” is, first and foremost, a hitter. He was formerly lauded for his high knockout % and condemned for the low respect in which he held grappling. Therefore, it may come as a surprise to some fans that Conor McGregor has finally received his black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which is a milestone for him that virtually no one anticipated.
His most notable defeats as a professional mixed martial arts fighter were a rear-naked choke at the hands of Nate Diaz in the first bout between the two of them, and a neck crank applied by his archenemy Khabib Nurmagomedov, which forced him to tap out. Four of his six defeats in the professional ranks were by way of submission.
But thanks to the instruction of his head coach John Kavanagh, who is an expert in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Conor McGregor has now reached the ranks of black belts in ‘The Gentle Art.’ However, he was successful in the end, albeit it required an extraordinary amount of work on his part. Fighters spend between eight and ten years honing their skills before earning their black belts.
In 2008, McGregor became a member of Straight Blast Gym Ireland; nevertheless, he would not receive his black belt until 2023, some 15 years after his initial enrollment. However, given that the former UFC double champion has shown a general distaste for grappling and has previously claimed that he only counts knockouts in wins and losses, this should not come as a surprise.
Has Conor McGregor ever won a fight via submission?
In his mixed martial arts (MMA) career up to this point, Conor McGregor has competed in a total of 28 matches. 22 of those battles out of a total of 28 have resulted in him coming out on top. However, how many of them did he win by submitting his opponent, especially in light of the fact that he had recently graduated to the rank of black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu? It turns out that the Irishman had already triumphed by way of a surrender victory.
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However, this is something that he has only done once, and that was back when he was competing for Cage Warriors. In point of fact, it was his last fight in the promotion, since he had just won its featherweight championship by submitting Dave Hill with a rear-naked choke in the second round to win the featherweight title.