UFC 246: Conor McGregor’s Coach Predicting Late Finish in Donald Cerrone Bout
By FCF Staff
Leading up to UFC 246, the consensus seems to be that the longer the fight between Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone goes, the more it will favor the latter. But, recently McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, said he believes the former champ will record a late finish.
McGregor is scheduled to fight Cerrone in the main event of the January 18th event, which will take place in Las Vegas. Recently Kavanagh spoke with The MacLife, and while discussing his prediction for the bout, the SGB coach said (quote via MMA Junkie):
“I think it’s going to be late,” Kavanagh said. “I could see it in the championship rounds. That’s the mindset that I personally have – to be ready for that. Now, he could spark him in seconds. But I think there’s a little extra weight involved, so I think in the later rounds.”
Since arriving in the UFC, McGregor (21-4) has never recorded a stoppage win beyond the second round, and the former champ has only fought beyond the 10 minute mark three times.
In two of those fights, McGregor earned decision wins over Max Holloway (three round fight in 2013) and Nate Diaz (five round fight in 2016). In the other, at UFC 229 in October, 2018, McGregor was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov in round four.