The MMA world is buzzing this evening as news has emerged that Conor McGregor was supposedly knocked out cold today during sparring at the SBG gym in Dublin.
The news was first broken by top MMA insder @TalkMMA, with a sketchy tip off that the Notorious had not only been knocked out, but had potentially broken his nose also, thus putting his massive lightweight title clash at UFC 205 in danger.
Shortly after McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, took to Twitter shut down the rumours
i want to believe pic.twitter.com/EBoKJr86wd
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) October 10, 2016
Everything then went rather quiet, leaving fans and the media to speculate just what, if anything, has happened. Confusion and second guessing reigned for a time as McGregor reportedly took part via phone link shortly later at his Nevada Athletic Commission hearing into the UFC 202 bottle throwing fracas.
@TalkMMA then confirmed that his sources were incorrect.
— #Dizz © (@TalkMMA) October 10, 2016
Regardless of the day’s events or lack thereof, it is the response by McGregor’s UFC 205 opponent, Eddie Alvarez, that merits the most attention. Instead of the expected trolling or jibe at the expense of his foe, Alvarez took an extra-ordinarily high road, tweeting,
I heard of realistic fight simulation training but this is Next level shit !!! Lmao … This happened to me before too , rest up Be safe👊👊
— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) October 10, 2016
How about that for a touch of class? Not since McGregor’s humility in defeat at the hands of Nate Diaz back in March at UFC 196, have we seen such sportsmanship in the hard nosed sport of MMA.
In conceding that he too had been on the receiving end of an accidental knock out in training, Alvarez has shown a level of humanity that was truly unexpected, or even required, some might argue.
In the coming days the truth surrounding today’s rumour and suggestion will bubble to the top. Whatever it might be does not take away from the UFC lightweight champions message of support for McGregor.
Hat tip to you today @ealvarezfight
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena