Other than Conor McGregor, perhaps the only other man who knows what exactly is running through the mind of “Notorious” after a crazy two weeks that saw him retire and then un-retire a week later is his long-time trainer, John Kavanagh.
Did I mention he was also pulled from his much-anticipated rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016, retired or not?
The chain of events all began after UFC president Dana White revealed that McGregor wasn’t about to drop everything and make the 4,000 mile-long trip from Iceland to Las Vegas, Nevada, to shoot a promo and attend a press conference for UFC 200.
While Kavanagh understands that’s an important part of the business, he’s a bit bothered that the promotion didn’t take into consideration that it’s a lot harder for McGregor to hop on a plane and travel across the world for a 30-minute presser, while Diaz is a skip and a hop away in California. As the head coach put it, McGregor has already began his training camp — which includes a complete makeover — and making the long trip while halting their progress would’ve been detrimental to the fighter both physically and psychologically.
And while he didn’t go as far as to say it’s an ego trip on the part of UFC officials to pull him, Kavanagh told “The MMA Hour” recently that it’s pointless to stick to your guns in order to prove a point and upset so many fight fans and ignore the potential big numbers McGregor would have brought it.
“I don’t think ego is the right word, I guess standing for a point. At some stage you got to see that maybe it’s pointless to upset so many fans that want to see this fight ….View full article
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