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Coach John Kavanagh Finally Lifts The Lid On That Conor McGregor Knockout Rumour

One of the biggest news stories to emerge in the build-up to UFC 205 on November 12 turned out not to be news at all.

The rumoured knockout suffered by Conor McGregor during a routine sparring session sent ripples throughout the world of MMA and immediately cast doubts over the Irishman’s headlining clash with UFC lightweight champion, Eddie Alvarez.

In the hours that followed the news spread through social media like a wild fire and ultimately led McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, to finally add his voice to the frenzy.

Offering two simple, yet effective, tweets, Kavanagh shut down the rumour mill.

Now, in an interview with (via the Daily Star) Kavanagh reveals the truth behind those knockout rumours.

“It was a rest day and I knew he had that commission hearing (with the NSAC in relation to the UFC 202 bottle throwing incident).

“He swung by the gym that evening and I said to him: ‘That’s a rough day — $150,000 fine and you got knocked out in training.’


“We kind of had a giggle about it. I think it turned out to be some fan, as a joke, messaged a US-based — I think ‘reporter’ would be a strong word — tweeter. All these guys just have Twitter accounts and they put out tweets. Your man swallowed it hook, line and sinker.”

Speaking of the pace in which the rumour gathered momentum, Kavanagh concedes,

“It just picked up steam very, very quickly and within minutes I’m getting my mother ringing me, saying: ‘What the hell is after happening to Conor?'”

Then, as a final nail in the coffin for the story, he reaffirms,

“You just have to kind of smile at these things. He’s fine, by the way.”

With less than two weeks to go before McGregor faces Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title, anticipation is growing to fever pitch as the biggest name in the UFC looks to make history and become a simultaneous two-weight champion, something never achieved before in the promotion.

All eyes now look towards the UFC’s triumphant return to New York and a chance to witness history on November 12.

Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.