Long-time friend and head coach of Conor McGregor, John Kavanagh, has stated that he would need to be convinced to be in the UFC superstar’s corner for another contest.
Speaking to Paul Kimmage in an interview for the Sunday Independent, Coach Kavanagh told the media outlet that he would be in need of a solid reason to prepare the former double-champ for another fight.
“Well, he would certainly have to convince me to go again. I love the whole journey we’ve had but I’d need a good ‘why’. It might be Diaz again because he promised that fight. It might be a rematch with Khabib. But if it was just: ‘Well, they want me to fight that guy’ I think I’d say, “I wish you the best.”
Kavanagh began to discuss Conor McGregor’s young family (his second child being born recently), and the hard overhand right from Khabib Nurmagomedov that scored the current UFC champ a knockdown during his last contest as some of the reasons that he is sceptical over whether Conor McGregor should compete again.
“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,”
Conor McGregor us currently 3-2 in his last five appearances in the Octagon, dating back to his 13-second knockout over featherweight legend Jose Aldo.
With a number of intriguing options ahead for the Irishman, including rematches with Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dustin Poirier, potentially Max Holloway should he move up to lightweight, a rubber match with Nate Diaz or an extremely exciting contest against Tony Ferguson, do you agree with Coach Kavanagh’s thoughts on Conor McGregor’s future? At 30 years old he is still fairly young in the game and still has potential to improve and cement his legacy as one of the all-time greats.
Conor McGregor usually does whatever he wants to do, so for the sake of us fight fans, let’s hope he chooses to ignore John Kavanagh’s advice on this occasion and continues to compete.