John Kavanagh Says Conor McGregor’s Style Was “Born” to Avoid Losses & Head Shots
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor is best known for his aggressive approach in fights, but his coach John Kavanagh says a desire to minimize head shots also led to his style.
Recently Kavanagh spoke with Ireland’s “Independent” publication, following a seminar in Dublin, where Professor Dan Healy spoke to fighters about the dangers of head trauma. Kavanagh said brain injuries are a “concern for every fighter”, before noting this about McGregor:
“But I think you can add on two hands the number of clean head shots Conor has taken in 10 years of pro-fighting. His style of fighting answers that, because his style is not brawling. He doesn’t step in the pocket and exchange punches.
“His style is in and out – he’s very defensive. That style was born through not wanting to lose and not wanting to take head shots, and not wanting to damage the software.”
McGregor is coming off a one-sided, second round, stoppage win over Eddie Alvarez in November, which secured him the UFC’s lightweight championship.