Conor McGregor: UFC Superstar’s coach provides update on his future. The Irish fighter hasn’t stepped in the octagon since last October.
Conor McGregor took the world by storm earlier this year when he announced his retirement from the UFC. Dana White however, viewed this announcement as a ploy to secure an ownership stake in the company. The UFC president suggested that the retirement wouldn’t last and the Irishman would fight again in the future.
Conor McGregor’s coach and long-time trainer, John Kavanagh, said that the former Featherweight and Lightweight Champion could make a comeback to the UFC this year. When asked who he would like to see Connor face, Kavanagh answered that he would love to see a Nate Diaz trilogy after the brilliant matches they’ve had twice before.
Kavanagh opened up about Connor’s mindset while speaking to ESPN.
“I guess what I was really trying to say was I really want to see him motivated. And he probably said in the Tony Robbins interview where he spoke about losing that for a bit. “And this is a game where it’s full-on, it’s full contact [and] it’s dangerous. When he won the second belt when he beat Eddie [Alvarez], he’d achieved everything he set out to achieve. “He was very wealthy; he was world champion. So, you’ve got to then take some time and think, well, what’s going to motivate you to do it anymore?
“He said himself that that became a bit of a problem. What is it? Is it getting another belt? Is it make some more money?
“And I think what has come back around is the love of the sport. He loves doing it, he loves training [and] he loves competing. And legacy, that he’s remembered being one of the best, if not the best ever. “So that’s what’s really come back into him since the beginning of the year, that’s what I wanted to see, because he’s obviously a very well-known student of mine, but he’s also somewhat like a kid brother.
“You wouldn’t want to see him doing something just for the sake of doing it and maybe getting hurt or whatever because he’s not fully there. But now he absolutely is.”
Conor McGregor is yet to step in the octagon since his loss to lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov last October. He had called him out earlier this year expressing his desire for a rematch. It will be interesting to see if the two ever clash again, especially after the highly controversial match they had last time at UFC 229 on 6 October 2018.