Photo: Johnny Walker Training With SBG’s John Kavanagh

UFC light heavyweight prospect Johnny Walker is training with Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in Ireland ahead of his next fight. Walker is set to take on Corey Anderson at UFC 244 which takes place November 2 in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The winner of the fight is more than likely to be next in […]

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UFC light heavyweight prospect Johnny Walker is training with Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in Ireland ahead of his next fight.

Walker is set to take on Corey Anderson at UFC 244 which takes place November 2 in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The winner of the fight is more than likely to be next in line to challenge current light heavyweight king Jon Jones.

And Walker, who usually trains out of IF Team in Barra de Sao Joao, Rio de Janeiro, or in England with his coach and brother, is now enlisting the help of John Kavanagh.

“Pleasure having @johnnywalkerufc train with the team for a few weeks,” Kavanagh wrote. “His ability to generate power with no tell is eye opening. Explains a lot of those quick finishes! Great spar today with @karlmoore91 @everlast @sbgireland.”

It’ll be interesting to see if training at SBG will produce anything different for Walker, or if it was an unnecessary change.

Regardless, fans have come to expect quick knockouts from the Brazilian who has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the ranks since debuting for the promotion in 2018.

What do you think of Walker training at SBG? Do you think he should keep training there?

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John Kavanagh Reacts To Artem Lobov’s Win Over Paulie Malignaggi

Although John Kavanagh wasn’t in attendance to see Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi, that didn’t stop him from giving his reaction. Lobov beat Malignaggi via unanimous decision with 48-47 on all three judges’ scorecards at the BKFC 6 event. The show went down on Saturday night (June 22, 2019) in Tampa, Florida and aired on […]

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Although John Kavanagh wasn’t in attendance to see Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi, that didn’t stop him from giving his reaction.

Lobov beat Malignaggi via unanimous decision with 48-47 on all three judges’ scorecards at the BKFC 6 event. The show went down on Saturday night (June 22, 2019) in Tampa, Florida and aired on pay-per-view (PPV).

The SBG Ireland Head Coach took to his official Twitter shortly following Lobov’s upset. He shared the following post: “This is the best day of my life!”

After the fight, Malignaggi announced his retirement from fighting, which means that he will not be returning to Bare-Knuckle Fighting for another go. Despite his exit, it didn’t stop him criticizing the judges’ ruling.

John Kavanagh Reacts
via Boxing Scene

He would also claim that he only got hit with one good punch during the entire fight. Conor McGregor’s longtime training partner had been exchanging words and even had a confrontation with the former boxing champion to set up the fight.

As of result, there was a lot of bad-blood coming into it. Now that it’s over, it appears this feud will remain in the history books. Thus, Paulie won’t get his desired fight with the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion. 

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Conor McGregor Teases Meeting With Dana White At UFC’s New Apex Facility

UFC President Dana White is hyping the promotion’s new Apex facility as a game changer for the UFC and combat sports. If it can help get Conor McGregor back into the Octagon, then it will certainly take a huge step towards becoming just that. And…

UFC President Dana White is hyping the promotion’s new Apex facility as a game changer for the UFC and combat sports. If it can help get Conor McGregor back into the Octagon, then it will certainly take a huge step towards becoming just that. And it just may. The third season of White’s ‘Tuesday Night […]

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John Kavanagh Still Hoping For ‘Very Exciting’ McGregor vs. Diaz Trilogy

Conor McGregor’s motivation to fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) is back. At least, that’s the case according to his longtime head coach John Kavanagh. The SBG Ireland front man detailed his take on the oft-discussed topic while sitting dow…

Conor McGregor’s motivation to fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) is back. At least, that’s the case according to his longtime head coach John Kavanagh. The SBG Ireland front man detailed his take on the oft-discussed topic while sitting down with “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” earlier this week. Yet while McGregor, who’s currently nursing a […]

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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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Dillon Danis Reveals What Conor McGregor Told Him After Bellator 222 Win, Details ‘Excruciating’ Injury

This past weekend (Fri. June 14, 2019) Dillon Danis picked up the second win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Danis submitted Max Humphrey in the first round with an armbar at Bellator 222. However, after the fight, Danis revealed he was dealing with a torn LCL prior to competing. Speaking on today’s (Mon. […]

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This past weekend (Fri. June 14, 2019) Dillon Danis picked up the second win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

Danis submitted Max Humphrey in the first round with an armbar at Bellator 222. However, after the fight, Danis revealed he was dealing with a torn LCL prior to competing. Speaking on today’s (Mon. June 17, 2019) “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” Danis’ coach, John Kavanagh, explained when the injury took place:

“Yeah, it happened a week out,” Kavanagh admitted. “Weirdly, a common story, the last round of his last spar. In fact, it was the last few seconds of the round. And, he went for – actually he went for the same technique he won his fight with, but he got caught in kind of a funny angle and he heard a tear. He went and got assessed and it turned out he had a tear of his LCL.”

Kavanagh was very impressed with Danis’ performance. He noted that Danis’ ground-and-pound ability was very much on display in the fight, and he has to remind himself that this is only Danis’ second professional fight inside the MMA cage:

“The takedown came pretty quick,” Kavanagh said. “His ground-and-pound style, I don’t think we’ve really seen that before. He’s only had one fight. Very dominant takedown, dominant style of ground-and-pound, good positioning, and then, obviously, good awareness to his corner. I still have to remind myself it’s his second fight ever.”

Later on in the show, Danis himself made an appearance. When asked about his injury, the jiu-jitsu ace revealed that he is in “excruciating pain,” but the satisfaction of victory eases the pain:

“Terrible,” Danis said. “So bad. It’s so bad. I’m in excruciating pain for the past three days. It’s been so bad. It feels like I can’t move it, it’s swollen – it feels like someone is stabbing me in the knee over and over again. It’s really bad. But the only reason I’m getting through it is because, with the win, it takes all the pain away. Just hope I can get better soon.”

In regards to his return, Danis is opting for rehabilitation over surgery. He believes he’ll be able to regroup in time to stay active when 2019 is said and done. Danis would like to fight around October, and would like to fight twice more before the year is up:

“I think maybe October,” Danis said. “I want to get two more before the end of the year. Maybe October, December – I definitely want to fight twice. I definitely want to fight two more times.”

Of course, Danis is one of UFC star Conor McGregor’s main training partners. The two have developed quite the friendship with one another over the years. Shortly after his win, Danis said McGregor texted him to give him some insight into his performance. “The Notorious” was apparently impressed with Danis’ evolution in the standup department, and called his victory “easy work”:

“Yeah, I did actually,” Danis said. “He messaged me right away. I’m pretty sure he was watching live. He said how much more comfortable I looked on the feet, and stuff like that. He was just like, that’s light work, easy work. So, he was very complimentary towards the performance. He said, this guy has like 30 fights and I don’t have any amateur background and I went in there and made it look easy. And MSG where all my fans were, all my friends, and I went out there laughing basically.”

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