John Kavanagh to Require All SBG Ireland Fighters to Undergo Brain Scan in 2017

By Tristen Critchfield Dec 20, 2016
Conor McGregor’s coach will be taking an extra precautionary measure to ensure the safety of his fighters in 2017.

John Cavanagh recently issued a statement on his Facebook page announcing that all professional and amateur fighters under the SBG Ireland banner will be required to undergo a “one-off” brain scan in 2017 in order to represent the team.

“For 2017 ALL SBG fighters, both amateur and professional will be getting a one off brain scan to make sure there's no underlying issues that would preclude them from competing. It is not yet a requirement to get this done to compete on shows but it will be a requirement to represent SBG,” Kavanagh wrote.

Most fighters who compete in major promotions are required to submit pre-fight medicals to state athletic commissions. Studying and preventing brain damage and head trauma in combat and contact sports has become more prevalent in recent years, and Kavanagh’s requirement appears to be a significant step toward improving fighter health and safety.

“Take 100 random people and scan them and a small percentage will have an issue that would stop them competing,” he continued. “This is not from training in MMA, or any other sport but could be genetic or from some illness when young.”

While he is best known for cornering McGregor, the UFC lightweight champ, Kavanagh’s gym is also home to the likes of Artem Lobov, Aisling Daly, James Gallagher, Makwan Amirkhani and Patrick Holohan, to name a few.

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