"That’s a proud Dad moment" - Laura Sanko and others react as Conor McGregor's son gets first stripe on his jiu-jitsu belt

Conor McGregor (right) and Dee Devlin (center) celebrate the seventh birthday of Conor McGregor Jr. (left) on May 5 [Photo Courtesy @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]
Conor McGregor (right) and Dee Devlin (center) celebrate the seventh birthday of Conor McGregor Jr. (left) [Image Courtesy: @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]

As of May 30, there are two people named Conor McGregor now in the combat sports industry. As 'The Notorious' announced on social media, his son, Conor McGregor Jr., took his first step in following his father's footsteps by receiving his first stripe on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu white belt.

McGregor posted a video of his son achieving the milestone at the same gym he works primarily out of, SBG Ireland. The 35-year-old joked that the UFC was already 'scouting' his son with his caption.

As he declared himself to be a "proud dad," UFC commentator Laura Sanko congratulated the Irishman by echoing his statement on fatherhood. Sanko commented:

"That's a proud Dad moment right there!!! Love to see it!"
Laura Sanko congratulating Conor McGregor Jr. on receiving his first Brazilian jiu-jitsu stripe [via @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]
Laura Sanko congratulating Conor McGregor Jr. on receiving his first Brazilian jiu-jitsu stripe [via @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]

SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh also chimed in, reflecting on the journey he has seen McGregor embark. Kavanagh recalled first meeting the eventual UFC champion as a "teenager" to now watching his son train at the same gym. Kavanagh said:

"What a moment. From me dealing with a teenager to that man bringing his son for his first stripe. Amazing."
John Kavanagh reacting to Conor McGregor's post [via @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]
John Kavanagh reacting to Conor McGregor's post [via @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]

Seven years after McGregor and his partner, Dee Devlin, announced the birth of their first son, Conor McGregor Jr. received his initial Brazilian jiu-jitsu stripe roughly three weeks after his seventh birthday. The welterweight did not mention if his son intends to train to become a fighter like his father or merely practices the art for fitness and enjoyment.

Other fans and fighters also reacted to the post to congratulate the accomplishment, commenting:

"Love it"
"It's in the blood. Little champ"
"No matter how successful you are, it is nothing in comparison to watching your child succeed! Congratulations, Conor Jr!"

View fan reactions to Conor McGregor announcing his son's Brazilian jiu-jitsu accomplishment below:

Fans and fighters react to Conor McGregor Jr.'s first Brazilian jiu-jitsu stripe [via @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]
Fans and fighters react to Conor McGregor Jr.'s first Brazilian jiu-jitsu stripe [via @thenotoriousmma on Instagram]

Conor McGregor will return to the UFC on June 29

Just weeks after finally getting to see his son realize success in martial arts, Conor McGregor will make his long-awaited return to the UFC on June 29 against Michael Chandler. In his first fight in nearly three years, McGregor will headline the 2024 International Fight Week card at UFC 303.

McGregor will look to snap a two-fight losing streak against Chandler, with his two recent losses both being to Dustin Poirier. 'The Notorious' has not picked up a win since knocking out Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in 2020 when he also returned from a lengthy layoff.

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