Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh reveals Dustin Poirier’s destructive leg kicks took them by surprise.
More than 24 hours have passed since the world witnessed the unprecedented TKO loss of Conor McGregor. While the fans and followers of the Irishman might still be in a numb state, the analysts are digging deep to figure out the factors that contributed to the loss of the Notorious one.
It is not a probing matter that Dustin Poirier’s calf kicks proved to be the differentiating factor and in the pre-match, some knowers of the game highlighted the vulnerability in Conor’s stance. So, if the weakness was visible, was Conor and his team not prepared for what was about to come?
John Kavanagh Explains How Dustin Poirier’s Leg Kicks Downed Conor McGregor At UFC 257
Conor’s long-time coach John Kavanagh broke the silence and answered the questions regarding the loss in an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
Kavanagh stated that dealing with leg kicks was a part of the training, however, weighed in on the fact that training and the actual fight are two different parallels.
“This particular technique is one that’s almost impossible to replicate. Like the fact that Dustin threw it is not that surprising, it was certainly part of our training, dealing with leg kicks.
“How devastating a technique it was, it is somewhat caught us out. And in the gym, you know when you’re throwing that technique, you’re not gonna try ad kick your partner as hard as you possibly can. You’re also both wearing shin pads.”
Kavanagh lauded Dustin Poirier’s performance and stated that he “Bested the best Conor, I’ve ever seen.”
Conor McGregor Vs. Dustin Poirier: Trilogy Fight
After incurring possibly his worst defeat, McGregor immediately put forth the idea of the trilogy fight. The score is now, 1-1, and a third fight to settle the dispute once and for all apparently wouldn’t be the out of question possibility. However, with the UFC Lightweight title stuck in the mix, when the rematch could take place is anybody’s guess.
When asked about the some to John Kavanagh, he said he doesn’t have a concrete answer to when the rematch can happen but, did say that Conor McGregor is more than eager for the trilogy fight.
“He’s already harassing everybody to get the rematch. We would love the rematch, I don’t think Dustin is against that. If we could ger the rematch before the summer, that’d be amazing. If it’s not to be, I guess I don’t really know. Maybe he drifts off into the boxing.”
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