Other than Conor McGregor, perhaps the only other man who knows what exactly is running through the mind of "Notorious" after a crazy two weeks that saw him retire and then un-retire a week later is his long-time trainer, John Kavanagh.
Did I mention he was also pulled from his much-anticipated rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 200 on July 9, 2016, retired or not?
The chain of events all began after UFC president Dana White revealed that McGregor wasn't about to drop everything and make the 4,000 mile-long trip from Iceland to Las Vegas, Nevada, to shoot a promo and attend a press conference for UFC 200.
While Kavanagh understands that's an important part of the business, he's a bit bothered that the promotion didn't take into consideration that it's a lot harder for McGregor to hop on a plane and travel across the world for a 30-minute presser, while Diaz is a skip and a hop away in California. As the head coach put it, McGregor has already began his training camp -- which includes a complete makeover -- and making the long trip while halting their progress would've been detrimental to the fighter both physically and psychologically.
And while he didn't go as far as to say it's an ego trip on the part of UFC officials to pull him, Kavanagh told "The MMA Hour" recently that it's pointless to stick to your guns in order to prove a point and upset so many fight fans and ignore the potential big numbers McGregor would have brought it.
"I don't think ego is the right word, I guess standing for a point. At some stage you got to see that maybe it's pointless to upset so many fans that want to see this fight and ignore the kind of numbers that are going to be brought in over, you know, a press conference. I know it's important to a lot of people, but it does tend to be the same questions over and over. It's not the same for Conor having to travel halfway across the world as for his opponent having to basically go down the road. Things seem to be aiming the right away, we are aiming for it and we are training for 200, so, I just hope we get some good news."
As far as McGregor's claim that he is now back on the UFC 200 card -- which was quickly shut down by UFC president Dana White -- Kavanagh couldn't chime in on it, saying he and his pupil parted ways early this morning on their way back from Iceland. Furthermore, Kavanagh revealed that McGregor was willing to make the trip to New York to attend the second scheduled presser later this week, but UFC rejected that and continued on with the standoff.
As far as his short-lived retirement, Kavanagh says it was far from a joke, as McGregor was fully content with walking away from the game. But, after a heart-to-heart, McGregor changed his tune.
Still, the fiery Irishman -- for now -- will not be fighting at UFC 200, but his team is hopeful something can be worked out, as Kavanagh says despite the hiccup, White and Co. are still keen on continuing their business relationship with "Notorious."