Before UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was king of the #UFC, he was a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu competing in a tournament against a Gracie.
In this footage from 2012, McGregor competes against Kywan Gracie-Behring at IBJJF European tournament in the no gi division. The pair are both wearing purple rash guards which represent their belt rankings.
Gracie-Behring is the son of #BJJ black belt Marcelo Behring and Kirla Gracie, and studied under the legendary Roger Gracie.
McGregor isn't known for his jiu-jitsu skills (just watch his first fight with Nate Diaz), but he certainly shows that he's got the chops here.
Gracie-Behring spoke to MMAFighting about the match back in 2015, right as McGregor's career began to really take off.
"I had just moved to London, I believe that was my first tournament, and I had no idea who he was. That was my first match in the tournament and I defeated him by 2-0 with a sweep," Gracie-Behring said.
His competitor would go on to take third in the division. He is now a brown belt according to his Instagram.
McGregor is preparing for the biggest fight of his career when he takes on UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at #UFC205. If McGregor wins he will become the first ever UFC fighter to hold a belt in two weight classes simultaneously.
Watch UFC 205 on November 12, live from Madison Square Garden, New York.