Conor McGregor, currently a BJJ brown belt, has competed multiple times Gi and No Gi in international BJJ competitions (IBJJF Europeans, London No Gi Open) and has had decent results.
Many MMA fans have been critical of Conor’s ground game since we rarely see it and he has been submitted 4 times already in MMA.
McGregor has said this about Jiu-Jitsu:
This moment was survived.
The arm was kept locked out straight as pictured, allowing the absolute smallest pocket of air in as possible. The blood will still supply to the brain and you stay breathing.
If i move to side control here, the force of the strangle shifts to either side of the neck blocking the carotid arteries and crushing the trachea , stopping the blood supply to the brain and you are then dead.
Jiu Jitsu is not designed to hurt you. It is designed to kill you.
It is a mad game.
You pay me multiple millions of dollars for this.
McGregor is currently on the Spanish island of Mallorca, McGregor decided to get himself a training session and showed up one morning to the No Gi BJJ class at Mallorca BJJ. The students were in shock when they saw the Irishman show up and training with them.
Mallorca BJJ head coach, Joe Notebaert, a respected American black belt talked to BJJEE about the experience:
“We were getting ready to start our No Gi BJJ class when all of a sudden, Conor walked in. He was a very nice guy, humble and did the class like everyone else. We did the warm up and then went straight to rolling. ”
“Conor has very good Jiu-Jitsu. Very technical and very strong. In my opinion, he is at black belt level.”
“My guys and myself of course were careful not to injure him.”
McGregor recently rolling at Mallorca BJJ:
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In the past, he has even trained with Eddie Bravo.
Eddie Bravo talks about about Conor McGregor’s ground game and grappling is his willingness to learn and evolve.
“It’s a good sign, and I saw it first hand, he has the mentality to be really really good at jiujitsu,” Bravo said about McGregor.
“I’m teaching class one day, and someone was punching a bag in the corner. I look over, and said ‘is that Conor McGregor hitting the bag in my gym?”