ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Conor McGregor has been on a meteoric rise to the top of the MMA game lately, but back in 2012, he was still trying to hone his skills while working his way up the European regional circuit.

One stop he made that year on the way to UFC fame was competing in a submission grappling event, the European Open No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship. There he faced a BJJ practitioner named Kywan Gracie Behring.

Here's the full Jiu-Jitsu match, what do you think of McGregor's ground game (circa 2012 of course)?

In case you're not familiar with BJJ rules, McGregor lost the match on points. Gracie Behring scored 2 points off of a sweep, with the match ending 2-0 in his favor.

Both competitors were BJJ purple belts at the time. McGregor has since been promoted to brown belt.


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