Coach John Kavanagh recent appeared on an episode of Ariel Helwani’s ESPN chat-shot and explained exactly how Conor McGregor sustained an injury to his hand.
Speaking in a recent interview with ESPN’s Helwani, Kavanagh explained how the Irishman had hurt his prized left-hand during a recent sparring session.
“It was sparring. I set up a spar, it was a good spar. He just clipped a guy in the back of the head and damaged his hand. But he went to see a really good hand surgeon. He’s undergoing therapy right now.”
As for his next outing inside the octagon, the famed coach again placed a trilogy with Nate Diaz as his preferred option, but also showed interest in a showdown with the unmissable action fighter that is Justin Gaethje.
“Um, yes. I always love the Diaz trilogy, I’ve said that from the start. I think that’s – I’m really looking forward to seeing how Nate looks in his – the fight that’s coming up. As a fan, that’s very exciting. Justin Gaethje kind of reminds me of that similar style, he can take a tremendous amount of punishment and keep coming forward.
“Honestly, if it’s Conor excited and motivated and pushing himself hard – it doesn’t matter all that much to me. Anyone in the UFC at the level that Conor will be fighting are good opponents, different challenges – if you’re going to put a gun to be, it would be the Diaz trilogy. That would be for me.”
All signs to do seem to point to a return for the Irishman at some point later in the year. In fact, it seems as though he would have signed to fight by now had this injury not derailed his plans but all in all, it does appear as though he has found his motivation to compete once again.
Kavanagh caught a few headlines himself in recent times after announcing his return to the world of fight-promotion through the reformation of his old show Euro Fight Night in a tournament format that will see the eventual winner earn a contract with Bellator MMA.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena