UFC 194: John Kavanagh Admits Concerns Over Demands Being Put on Conor McGregor’s Time
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor has reached superstar status in his native Ireland, and the featherweight’s coach admits he had some concerns over the demands being put on the fighter’s time.
McGregor is scheduled to fight champion Jose Aldo on December 12th at UFC 194. The bout will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, and recently “Notorious” left Ireland to finish out his camp for the bout.
Kavanagh wrote a colum for the Irish site The 42 IE recently, and the SGB coach had this to say about McGregor’s fame in their homeland.
But one thing that did concern me was the demands that were being placed on Conor while he was preparing for this fight in Dublin by people who, to be fair, only meant well. I’m not going to lie; it wasn’t easy at first. The problem is that the more you do, the more people want. There was no end to the demand for pictures, meetings and interviews.
We’re told a lot of genuinely heartbreaking stories from different charities who might want an appearance or to have something signed, and we try to do as much as we can. But no matter how many you do, there’s going to be another thousand behind them. And it’s unfortunate that you can’t do them all because there are some really tragic stories, but at a certain stage you have to get back to focusing on what put you in that position in the first place: training to fight.
Aldo and McGregor were scheduled to fight at UFC 189 in July, but the champion was forced to withdraw due to a rib injury. McGregor went on to stop Chad Mendes for the interim belt.