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Wednesday, Nov 24, 2021

John Kavanagh Comments on Conor McGregor’s Return, Says Star Not Interested in Warm-up Fight

Conor McGregor (image via UFC/YouTube)

By FCF Staff

Conor McGregor has called for a title shot next, and while it remains to be seen if that happens, his head coach is certain the star will face a top competitor.

McGregor continues to recover from the broken leg he incurred during his rubber match with Dustin Poirier this past July. Due to the fighter’s fame and accomplishments, there’s been extensive speculation about who he’ll face next.

Recently, McGregor proclaimed that he wants to fight for the UFC’s lightweight title. But, since the 33-year-old has won just one bout since 2016, there are questions as to whether that will happen. Especially since he’s returning from a catastrophic injury.

More recently, McGregor’s long-time coach, John Kavanagh, spoke with Submission Radio. While talking about McGregor’s next bout, Kavanagh shot down the possibility of the Irish fighter taking a warm-up fight (quotes via MMA Fighting).

“He’s not so much about warm-up fights,” Kavanagh said. “He seems pretty warm to me as it is. So, what will come, will come. He’s got a hundred opponents lined up it would appear. But let’s just get back training, let’s test the leg and test everything, and when the time comes, I’m sure he won’t be short of choice. Whoever he faces he’ll be highly motivated. It’s clear at this stage Conor has a few quid, he’s got a few dollars in the bank account. So, that’s not the motivating factor at this stage, his motivating factor is competition and to improve himself and to test himself against whoever it is.”

Kavanagh also reported that McGregor is going to resume full training soon, and that he’s keen to do so.

“He’s going to be back in the gym, he’s going to be back on the mats now in the next couple of weeks with me. He’s doing a lot of strength training at the moment. The guys is jacked. I think he’s coming back as a middleweight (laughs). But he’ll be back on the mats with me now shortly and we’ll start off with combat sports training again. And, he’s getting some, um… I always have to choose my words carefully here, but look, we’ll start with drills.

“I actually joked with him, I said, ‘look, I’d rather if we just start off with some techniques, some drills, let’s see how you’re going’. And he’s like, ‘no, I’m going to do five by five, that’s what I’m coming back to do’. And I’m like, oh, great, you know, we’re straight into full combat training again. But, he’s very enthusiastic, very upbeat, very excited to attack 2022. And I’m not sure when he’ll be back, but he’ll be back.”

Poirier is booked to fight the current lightweight champ, Charles Oliveira on December 11th. Following McGregor’s TKO loss to Poirier this past summer, UFC President Dana White left the door open to a fourth fight between the two.

posted by FCF Staff @ 10:36 am
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