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Coach Kavanagh: Conor McGregor and I ‘did kind of drift’ prior to Nate Diaz loss

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There are a lot of reasons why Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Conor McGregor lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 earlier this year. The current explanation is that the lightweight Stocktonite is “three times the size” of the puny Irishman.

Not kidding.

Gigantism aside, a more plausible explanation has surfaced in recent days, thanks to head coach John Kavanagh, as the SGB Ireland head cheese explained (via MMA Fighting) that his relationship with McGregor stated to drift prior to UFC 196.

His words.

"No tension. No bad feelings or anything like that. It's just like, ‘Oh, I guess that's how he's doing it now.' He's the champion of the world. He just beat who some say is the best ever in 13 seconds. What am I gonna say? Conor's life has obviously gotten pretty wild over the last couple of years. Not that it was by design, but we did kind of drift a little bit. And we realized that and we spoke about it after the contest and we just kind of made a pact to go back to how it was when we went to Sweden for the first time."

Their reconciliation paid dividends at UFC 202.

No question the dynamic duo will need another win to keep that momentum going, but it won’t be easy. McGregor is moving up in weight (again) to fight Eddie Alvarez at the UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event this weekend in New York.

For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.