Following his submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 over a month ago, Conor McGregor took to social media to break down what exactly went wrong in the Lightweight championship fight.
Among his Instagram posts, “Notorious” made it a point to say he needs to listen to himself a bit more and focus on what he knows he can do best. That statement prompted some to think Conor was taking a dig at his training staff.
According to his head trainer, John Kavanagh, he isn’t too sure if “Notorious” was being critical of him or his team because they haven’t really spoken since the loss.
“The honest answer is I don’t know. I haven’t actually spoken to him, I haven’t really seen him since the fight,” revealed Kavanagh to True Geordie Clips. “I’ve hit the ground running, got so much on. He’s doing his whiskey tours of the world. It’s sold out, it’s crazy. I don’t know, you’re going to ask me to get into the mind of another human, and I just can’t do it. He said what he said and you’d have to get him as your next guest, fingers crossed, and ask him.”
Trainer and fighter don’t necessarily spend every waking moment together, other than than long hours they put in the gym together during a fight camp. Or the occasional pop during off times. But it is interesting to see that this successful duo haven't really chopped it up after the biggest loss of his career.
Conor has been traveling the world since UFC 229 promotion and selling his Proper No. 12 Whiskey, mixing it up with celebrities and high-profile athletes. As for Kavanagh, he has several other fighters to train and prepare at Straight Blast Gym, so their silence toward one another could be nothing more than two busy men doing their own thing at the moment.
Still, should McGregor get a rematch against “The Eagle,” it will be interesting to see if the mouthy Irishman takes a different approach to the fight once the cage door slams shut.
But, will it even matter?