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“Not Conor Looking Like Gordon Ryan”: Conor McGregor Practising Jiu Jitsu With His Newly Acquired Black Belt Draws the Attention of the MMA World

Published 09/23/2023, 11:03 AM EDT

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Conor McGregor is known for his elite-level striking, on the back of which the Irishman could win two UFC titles simultaneously. His grappling, however, has left something to be desired for many. But, it seems, McGregor has been hard at work to silence such criticism.

The Dubliner earned his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu earlier this year. And ahead of his rumored return this December, after two years out of the ring, the ‘Notorious’ shared pictures on social media showing he is hard at work honing his grappling skills.

Conor McGregor posts pictures training BJJ

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In a recent post on his Instagram account, Conor McGregor posted a carousel post showing him training BJJ with his team, decked in full BJJ attire. ‘Mac’ shouted out his gym in the captions and advised fans to be mentally strong.

“Keep your thoughts strong. @sbgireland” he captioned his post. And as ‘Notorious’ gears up to possibly face Michael Chandler in his comeback to the UFC, after breaking his foot in a loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, fans reacted to his post.

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Fans react to Conor’s post

Fans took to the comments section of McGregor’s post to let their thoughts known. Here is a sample of what some fans had to say.

One fan thought he was a dangerous opponent for Chandler:

“Seems to be dropping weight. UFC 300. Chandler is a dead corpse”

Another jokingly pointed out he looked like BJJ GOAT Gordon Ryan:

“not conor looking like gordon ryan”

Another felt a BJJ black belt has only made him more lethal:

“Black belt Conor a scary combo.”

Another hoped for a submission victory in his comeback bout:

“That Submission vs Chandler will look real good on the record”

One fan expected him to make the greatest comeback in all of sports history:

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“The greatest comeback in sports history, two belts, bjj black belt and a bank full of cash.. when it’s all said and done it’ll go down in history @thenotoriousmma ,”

Another wanted the old, hungry McGregor back:

“I want conar again on 2016 attitude,”

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While the timeline for McGregor’s return may be uncertain, given the recent flip-flops by ‘Mac’ on the topic, fans are waiting for an official announcement to get certainty. However, it is clear from his posts that McGregor is eagerly waiting to fight again and is in a good state of mind.

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Kanishk Thakur

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Kanishk Thakur is an MMA writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in political science from Delhi University, his love for writing and MMA made him want to be part of telling the story of the sport. His journalist mother and love for philosophy and research inculcated a staunch rationalism in him, and the need to substantiate every statement he makes with good evidence.
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