Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh believes that his reputation as a coach is on the line in the rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 202.
One of the biggest fights in UFC history is less than two weeks away.
In ten days, Nate Diaz will fight Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 202, a rematch from Diaz’s second round submission victory over McGregor back in March. Though the fight is between two of the biggest stars in the UFC, it isn’t being fought for traditional stakes (though both men will be compensated handsomely); there is no belt on the line, no guaranteed title shot awaiting the winner. Instead this is prize fighting as its most pure: combat for money and pride. And not just the pride of the fighters, but of their teams too.
Recently, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh wrote a column for The 42 about the upcoming fight and how it wasn’t just his pupil’s reputation on the line, but his as well.
“This is a very important fight for Conor, but I also feel that my own reputation as a coach is at stake. This contest can be a bit of a game-changer for us all. Some observers who are obsessed with weight classes and belts don’t see this as a very meaningful fight. They’re more interested in seeing Conor defend his featherweight belt and going after the lightweight strap too.
“But for me, we’re very lucky to be in a position to have an immediate rematch. In most cases, fighters have to be patient in order to get that chance. Having an opportunity to reverse an unfavourable result under the same circumstances just a few months later provides us with a chance to show that ‘Win or Learn’ isn’t just a catchy phrase.”
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