John Kavanagh has been calling the shots for Conor McGregor in almost his entire mixed martial arts career but the 41-year old coach is now doubtful if he will be working alongside ‘The Notorious’ in his next outing, following an emphatic loss against UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 226.
The veteran MMA coach said in a recent interview with the Irish Independent that he has not seen or spoken to Conor since his fight with Khabib last October. McGregor failed on his mission to recapture the UFC lightweight championship on his highly-awaited return to the cage last October after more than two years of hiatus. The Irish star was submitted by Nurmagomedov in the fourth round, which gave him his fourth loss in his MMA career and his second consecutive defeat since bowing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their money fight in 2017.
But before the nasty submission came, ‘The Eagle’ has done something other fighters failed to do when they faced the Irishman and that is knocking down McGregor for the first time in his career. Khabib landed a solid punch to his jaw, which sent him wobbling down to the floor. For Kavanagh, he doesn’t want his star to take the same kind of hits again as it has slowed him down and he has now a family to take care of.
“I haven’t talked to Conor since the fight, he hasn’t been at the gym so I don’t know what’s going on. Look he has a wife and two kids now and I don’t want him taking more hits than he needs to. Khabib hit him with a punch in that fight that he has never been hit with in his career. And even Superman slows down at some stage. He’s 30, two kids, and has a big whiskey deal that’s making him more money than fighting ever did. Would you get up in the morning to be punched in the face? I don’t think so.”
Since the fight Conor’s personal life in Ireland has been in shambles. There’s the rumors going around of a possible rape charges, there’s a woman claiming he’s the father of her baby and has a judge ordered paternity test against him. There’s also videos of him leaving several known ‘crack den’s’ in Ireland as well. Conor has since left the country and has been in Atlanta, Georgia. TMZ claims Conor and his partner Dee Devlin have been house hunting in Atlanta.
Our sources confirmed that Conor has also found a new camp and coach in Brazilian MMA legend Roan ‘Jucao’ Carniero at American Top Team Atlanta. Check it out:
Just got word that Conor McGregor has left Straight Blast Gym in Ireland and joined American Top Team Atlanta. Good move as there's a lot of talent in Atlanta.
— Mario Saunders (@MarioVegasPost) February 5, 2019