- Conor McGregor and John Kavanagh are spinning a narrative that he did well in his recent loss.
- The reality is that he lost the round, broke a bone, and lost the fight.
- Kavanagh should be fired if he believes McGregor did well, ex-UFC champ Michael Bisping says.
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Conor McGregor should fire his coach John Kavanagh “immediately” if he wasn’t concerned at his fighter’s recent bone-breaking loss.
That’s according to the UFC commentator and former champion Michael Bisping, who was left perplexed at the trainer’s post-match assessment of the Irishman’s defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 on Saturday.
McGregor and Poirier had fought twice prior to the trilogy bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, but the third installment in their rivalry lasted just five minutes.
For much of that time, Poirier had McGregor in a vulnerable position on the ground, wailing elbows into his face from top position. He also succeeded with various strikes in stand-up exchanges.
Conor McGregor falsely claimed that Dustin Poirier did nothing in their fight. “You can celebrate that illegitimate win all you want but you done nothing in there,” McGregor said.
Though McGregor broke his leg, lost the fight, and is just bitterly complaining at the result, his long-time coach Kavanagh seemingly agrees as he thought the match “was going fantastic.”
On a Wimp to Warrior video clip, Kavanagh told the UFC presenter Laura Sanko: “I thought he looked really, really good in there. I wasn’t concerned at all.”
Kavanagh said that up until the 4:45 mark, McGregor’s energy and technique looked good, and that providing they made a few adjustments “we were well on track to getting a finish” in the second round.
He finished: “Credit to Dustin. He won. It’s an unfulfilling end to the night. It doesn’t feel properly finished. No closure.”
For Bisping, this is a problematic stance to take. Bisping said that if Kavanaugh legitimately believes there was little wrong with how the fight played out, McGregor should leave the Straight Blast Gym in Dublin, and seek another trainer.
“If that’s true, John Kavanagh, Conor should fire you immediately, because that was very concerning,” Bisping said during a BT Sport podcast. “You were on your back and you were getting dominated, and it was a 10-8 round.
“That’s concerning,” he added. “You don’t wanna get your arse kicked, simple as that, and that’s what was happening.
“Now the leg break was unfortunate, but as I say it gives McGregor an excuse or a reason why the fight ended. But if that didn’t happen, I mean, come on.”
McGregor is currently recovering from the broken leg he suffered during the fight, and a 3.5-hour surgery at a Los Angeles hospital Sunday. He will be using a crutch for up to six more weeks.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission issued a six-month medical suspension Tuesday.
In a statement sent to Insider, the combat sports record-keeper Mixed Martial Arts said this could be reduced pending clearance from an orthopedic doctor.