- Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh is wondering when the Irish fighter’s time in the UFC will come to an end.
- McGregor has suffered back-to-back losses and Kavanagh said the hit he took during the defeat to Khabib Nurnamagomedov was a punch he had never experienced before in his entire career.
- Kavanagh does not want McGregor taking more hits than he needs to, especially now that he has a family and makes more money from whiskey than he ever did from fighting.
- “Even Superman slows down with age,” Kavanagh said.
Conor McGregor’s days in the UFC might be numbered, according to his head coach John Kavanagh.
McGregor’s pupil-trainer relationship with Kavanagh began in 2007 and is one of the most enduring in combat sports as Kavanagh helped guide McGregor to achieve double-champion status in both Cage Warriors and UFC.
But McGregor has not tasted victory since 2016, when he picked up his second UFC title by beating the former lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez by technical knockout. Since then, he suffered back-to-back losses against Floyd Mayweather in 2017 and most recently versus Khabib Nurmagomedov in October. It is these defeats that will “be hard for him” to accept, Kavanagh said in the Irish Independent on Sunday.
“He’s 30, two kids, and has a big whiskey deal that’s making him more money than fighting ever did,” Kavanagh said. “Would you get up in the morning to be punched in the face? I don’t think so. But he’ll probably call me tomorrow and say: ‘What did you say that for? I’m fighting in March.’ So I don’t know.”
Kavanagh said that he does not “want him taking more hits than he needs to” and can’t help but look back at his most recent loss,the conclusive fourth round submission defeat to Nurmagomedov.
“Khabib hit him with a punch in that fight that he has never been hit with in his career,” he said.
McGregor recently signed a new six-fight contract with the UFC, but after his UFC 229 loss to Nurmagomedov he only has five fights left on the deal. He recently said he expects to return in 2019, but Kavanagh is left wondering how many more hits McGregor will be able to take, while still escaping the sport unharmed, in good health, and having earned a lot of money.
Time, Kavanagh has implied, may not be on his side. “Even Superman slows down at some stage,” he said.
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