Conor McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, won't commit to training him for next UFC fight


The next time Conor McGregor prepares for a UFC fight, he might be doing so under the tutelage of a new trainer.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, SBG Ireland and longtime McGregor head coach John Kavanagh said he wasn’t sure he’ll be there for the former two-division UFC champion’s next fight.

“Well, he would certainly have to convince me to go again,” Kavanagh said.

Kavanagh said it would take a specific challenge for him to want to continue with McGregor.

“I love the whole journey we’ve had, but I’d need a good ‘why’,” Kavanagh said. “It might be (Nate) Diaz again because he promised that fight. It might be a rematch with Khabib (Nurmagomedov). But if it was just, ‘Well, they want me to fight that guy,’ I think I’d say, ‘I wish you the best.’”

McGregor has trained under Kavanagh at SBG Ireland in Dublin since 2008, when his professional career got underway. Since then, the two have been side by side as McGregor rose to UFC superstardom and became the promotion’s top draw.

McGregor has suffered setbacks in his last two fights, however. Last year, he lost by TKO to Floyd Mayweather in a boxing match. This past October, in his first MMA bout in nearly two years, McGregor tapped out in the fourth round of their UFC 229 headliner.

In the immediate moments afterward, a brawl broke out when Nurmagomedov jumped the the octagon fence. As result, both McGregor and Nurmagomedov are awaiting punishment from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

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