“When Conor lands, people fall”- Coach Kavanagh still believes Conor McGregor would have dusted Poirier at UFC 264

John Kavanagh is the head coach and founder of SBG Ireland located in Dublin, Ireland, where Conor McGregor trains. Kavanagh is McGregor's head and jiu-jitsu coach.

Conor McGregor-John Kavangh
Conor McGregor-John Kavangh

Had not UFC Megastar Conor McGregor broken his leg back at UFC 264 right at the end of the first round, his head coach John Kavanagh believes the trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier could’ve gone in McGregor’s favour. But alas, that didn’t happen. Now, it’s been more than 6 months since McGregor has started being on the recovery stage and therefore is expected to return this year inside the Octagon.

Conor McGregor and John Kavanagh
Conor McGregor and John Kavanagh

The human ego, on a positive note, can be used as a fire to reach the heights of greatness and you can consider McGregor as a prime example of that. For McGregor, no money can bring back the loss of the trilogy he had to bear on himself because of no fault of his own. Therefore, despite a broken leg, McGregor never stopped training in weight if not able to train in martial arts and therefore did justice to his overall physique and power.

Coach Kavanagh believes Conor McGregor was doing good in the stand-up game of the first round

Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor
Dustin Poirier vs Conor McGregor 3

McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh believes that the recovery period for the UFC megastar is almost over and we may expect him to return to the octagon sooner than ever, as told to FOX Sports Australia. Kavanagh also draws a parallel situation of what would’ve happened against Poirier hadn’t his fight been called off due to the broken leg.

“If we went into the second round [of the trilogy] it would’ve continued how it was looking in the stand-up portion of the fight which was Conor landing quite well and when Conor tends to land people tend to fall, so I was fairly confident how people would play out in the second round or maybe in the third round…” says Kavanagh.

What do you make of coach Kavanagh’s assessment of Conor landing the shots in the first round of his trilogy against Poirier? Do you think the first round was just instrumental to Conor to help him get past the second round? What did you make of the fight? Do you think a fourth fight should take place between McGregor and Poirier?

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