After Some Previous Doubt, John Kavanagh Plans to Corner Conor McGregor for Next Fight

By Tristen Critchfield May 15, 2019

While their ongoing trainer-fighter status recently appeared to be in doubt, John Kavanagh and Conor McGregor will not be parting ways ahead of the Irish star’s next Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.

In an interview with the Irish Mirror, Kavanagh confirmed that he will be in McGregor’s corner when the former two-division champion fights again.

“I’m sure I’ll be there, we talk almost daily,” the SBG Ireland coach said. "He doesn't have a fight lined up yet, but as soon as he does we'll get the old gang back together and start plotting, training and I'm sure he'll steal the show again, which I've no doubt he'll do.”

Kavanagh could offer no insight regarding McGregor’s return date, however.

“I honestly don’t know,” he said. “That’s a question for Conor, he's got a lot of other stuff going on so I'll just be honest and say I don't know.”

In most instances, Kavanagh’s confirmation that he will corner McGregor wouldn’t be news, as he has been the fighter’s longtime coach. However, the trainer recently expressed some doubt that the fighter’s camp would continue as it always has following McGregor’s loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.

“I love the whole journey we've had but I'd need a good ‘why,’” Kavanagh said in December. “It might be [Nate] Diaz again because he promised that fight. It might be a rematch with Khabib,” Kavanagh said. “But if it was just: 'Well, they want me to fight that guy' I think I'd say, 'I wish you the best.’”


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