John Kavanagh joined Ariel Helwani on his ESPN show and gave his thoughts on Conor McGregor’s future and who it is that he will face off against next.
All in all, it was a pretty interesting interview, one that served to back up several of the points McGregor made himself upon making his first speaking appearance in an interview with motivational speaker Tony Robbins last month.
McGregor seemed to be in good spirits throughout the conversation, speaking of the fire that now exists within him to compete – something he felt that he had perhaps been missing in recent times.
The famed Irish coach John Kavanagh gave his take on Conor’s mentality of late – something that he himself referenced in the aforementioned interview with Tony Robbins.
Upon being asked by Helwani for an update on his star-pupil, Kavanagh clarified the comments he had made earlier in the year about not wanting to corner McGregor unless he could see the fire within him to compete.
To those who are dying to see the former two-weight world-champion in action, Coach Kavanagh’s words will no doubt inspire hope.
“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, 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 gonna 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, 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.” (via MMANews)
Kavanagh also spoke about his thoughts on a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, an action matchup with Justin Gaethje, and, of course, his thoughts on a rematch with UFC lightweight title champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
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