John Kavanagh Believes Conor McGregor Will Fight In 2019

Straight Blast Gym (SBG) Ireland head coach John Kavanagh believes Conor McGregor will fight in 2019. A lot has been made of McGregor’s status for this year, especially given his recent hand injury. However, speaking on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show” earlier today (Mon. June 17, 2019), Kavanagh admitted he believes McGregor will fight before […]

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Straight Blast Gym (SBG) Ireland head coach John Kavanagh believes Conor McGregor will fight in 2019.

A lot has been made of McGregor’s status for this year, especially given his recent hand injury. However, speaking on “The Ariel Helwani MMA Show” earlier today (Mon. June 17, 2019), Kavanagh admitted he believes McGregor will fight before the year is over. In regards to opponent, he’d love to see “Notorious” run things back with Nate Diaz for a third time:

“Um, yes,” Kavanagh admitted. “I always love the Diaz trilogy, I’ve said that from the start. I think that’s – I’m really looking forward to seeing how Nate looks in his – the fight that’s coming up. As a fan, that’s very exciting. Justin Gaethje kind of reminds me of that similar style, he can take a tremendous amount of punishment and keep coming forward.

“Honestly, if it’s Conor excited and motivated and pushing himself hard – it doesn’t matter all that much to me. Anyone in the UFC at the level that Conor will be fighting are good opponents, different challenges – if you’re going to put a gun to be, it would be the Diaz trilogy. That would be for me.”

McGregor hasn’t fought since October of last year when he was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Irishman failed to re-capture the lightweight title when he tapped out to a neck crank in the fourth round. Diaz hasn’t fought since his 2016 rematch with McGregor, which he lost via Majority Decision.

However, the Stockton native will return in August against Anthony Pettis at welterweight. They’ll co-headline UFC 241 on pay-per-view (PPV) from Anaheim, California.

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Coach John Kavanagh Says Conor McGregor’s Motivation Is Back

Head coach John Kavanagh says Conor McGregor’s desire to compete at the highest level has returned. McGregor hasn’t been seen in action since Oct. 2018. He went for his second Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title when he c…

Head coach John Kavanagh says Conor McGregor’s desire to compete at the highest level has returned. McGregor hasn’t been seen in action since Oct. 2018. He went for his second Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title when he challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov. Things didn’t go the way of the “Notorious” one as he was submitted in […]

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John Kavanagh Details How Conor McGregor Injured His Hand, Underwent Surgery

Last month, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor revealed he suffered a hand injury during an “intense” sparring session. McGregor has been very vocal about his intentions to return to the Octagon soon. UFC President Dana White has said he expects the Irishman to fight before the year is over. Earlier today (Mon. […]

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Last month, former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion Conor McGregor revealed he suffered a hand injury during an “intense” sparring session.

McGregor has been very vocal about his intentions to return to the Octagon soon. UFC President Dana White has said he expects the Irishman to fight before the year is over. Earlier today (Mon. June 16, 2019) McGregor’s longtime head coach, John Kavanagh, was in-studio for “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” and was asked about “Notorious.”

In regards to the injury, Kavanagh detailed McGregor’s recent injury did, in fact, happen during a sparring session while preparing for a fight. McGregor subsequently underwent surgery and is currently rehabbing:

“It was sparring,” Kavanagh said. “I set up a spar, it was a good spar. He just clipped a guy in the back of the head and damaged his hand. But he went to see a really good hand surgeon. He’s undergoing therapy right now.”

Kavanagh was then asked if he believes McGregor will fight before this year is up, and who he’d like to see him face. The SBG coach admitted he does think McGregor will fight in 2019, and said he’d love to see a Nate Diaz trilogy:

“Um, yes,” Kavanagh admitted. “I always love the Diaz trilogy, I’ve said that from the start. I think that’s – I’m really looking forward to seeing how Nate looks in his – the fight that’s coming up. As a fan, that’s very exciting. Justin Gaethje kind of reminds me of that similar style, he can take a tremendous amount of punishment and keep coming forward.

“Honestly, if it’s Conor excited and motivated and pushing himself hard – it doesn’t matter all that much to me. Anyone in the UFC at the level that Conor will be fighting are good opponents, different challenges – if you’re going to put a gun to be, it would be the Diaz trilogy. That would be for me.”

McGregor hasn’t competed since October of last year when he was defeated by Khabib Nurmagomedov. The pair headlined the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) in Las Vegas. Khabib forced McGregor to tap in the fourth round with a neck crank, handing him his second loss under the UFC banner.

The Irishman is desperate for a rematch with “The Eagle,” but will likely have to earn a second go with another win. As for Khabib, he’s scheduled to unify his lightweight title with interim champion Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in September.

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Khabib Shares What Needs to Happen for McGregor Rematch

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next title defense is all set for UFC 242, with the undefeated Dagestani taking on Dustin Poirier in the main event. But two names lurking in the shadows are Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor, who appear to be the two most likely c…

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next title defense is all set for UFC 242, with the undefeated Dagestani taking on Dustin Poirier in the main event. But two names lurking in the shadows are Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor, who appear to be the two most likely contenders for the winner of the UFC 242 headliner.  Khabib is […]

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Gegard Mousasi Was Always ‘Suspicious’ TJ Dillashaw Was Using Steroids

Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi claims he always suspected TJ Dillashaw of being a steroid user. Dillashaw vacated his bantamweight title earlier this year before it came to light that he had tested positive for EPO. He was later suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for two years. Most recently, he claimed he […]

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Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi claims he always suspected TJ Dillashaw of being a steroid user.

Dillashaw vacated his bantamweight title earlier this year before it came to light that he had tested positive for EPO. He was later suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for two years. Most recently, he claimed he cheated in order to make the weight for his flyweight title fight with Henry Cejudo.

However, Mousasi, who has been against the use of steroids in the sport, believes Dillashaw was cheating long before his last fight:

“The stupidity of fighters, knowing that they’re gonna get tested and they still do it,” Mousasi told theScore. “It shows how desperate they are, so it’s usually a sign that people have been abusing it before, that they don’t feel they can do it without it.

“And TJ Dillashaw, for a long time it was suspicious that he did steroids. And after USADA came, he still did it. They didn’t catch him the first two times, but eventually they caught him.

Mousasi Wants Heavier Punishments For Cheaters

Despite the introduction of USADA, fighters continue to regularly test positive for banned substances, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

And Mousasi believes fighting with an advantage is essentially the same as stealing from an opponent — which is why he feels the punishment for cheating should be much heavier:

“You know, there’s nothing to say about those guys,” Mousasi explained. “You know, if you win a fight, you deserve it, you know, it’s yours. But let’s say, if you do steroids or you do some different things and you win it, then you steal something from the other guy. That’s the way I see it. That’s a whole different feeling. Even if the guy could beat him without the steroids. But once you’re on it, you feel like you’re stealing from the other guy.

It’s in the rules, no steroids. It’s the same as don’t go through a red light, don’t kill anybody. It’s a rule and if they don’t follow it, they should be punished and not very lightly, I feel, a lot heavier.”

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Dana White Signs New 10-Year UFC Deal

If you cannot imagine the UFC without Dana White, it looks like you won’t need to for the next 10 years, as the UFC president has decided to re-up for another 10 years as the face of the promotion. Dana White may be locked in as the UFC president for a…

If you cannot imagine the UFC without Dana White, it looks like you won’t need to for the next 10 years, as the UFC president has decided to re-up for another 10 years as the face of the promotion. Dana White may be locked in as the UFC president for another decade, as he announced […]

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