John Kavanagh News

Aug 22, 2017 2:11 pm

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh mocking Paulie Malignaggi again?

Take it as you may, but whether you like it or not, this isn’t the first time Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh has mentioned something about a “push” on social media. On Monday, Kavanagh posted a photo of himself with his back on the canvas wearing boxing gloves as “The Notorious” stood above looking...

Aug 22, 2017 8:39 am

Coach John Kavanagh recounts the first thing Conor McGregor told him about Mayweather fight

We’re now just days out from Conor McGregor‘s blockbuster boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr., and it’s all anybody can talk about. There was a time not all that long ago, however, when the fight itself seemed like a near impossibility; a fantastical dream fight too bogged down by bureaucracy and complicated negotiations to actually...

Jul 25, 2017 9:24 am

John Kavanagh reflects on his own journey ahead of McGregor-Mayweather

SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh is widely credited as being a driving force in Irish superstar Conor McGregor‘s journey to the top of the fight game. Kavanagh, who has served as McGregor’s head coach since before McGregor’s UFC run, recently took to social media to reflect on his own journey as a coach: 22yrs...

May 31, 2017 6:53 am

Tony Ferguson blasts Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh: “maintain your lane b*tch”

Back in early March, streaking lightweight contender Tony Ferguson was expected to battle Khabib Nurmagomedov for interim lightweight gold. Unfortunately, Nurmagomedov was forced out of this fight just hours out from the scheduled time of battle. When Nurmagomedov withdrew from the fight, and Ferguson was left without an opponent, an opportunistic Michael Johnson stepped up and...

Apr 11, 2017 5:12 pm

Coach John Kavanagh gives a timeline for Conor McGregor’s UFC return

Coach John Kavanagh gives a timeline for Conor McGregor’s UFC return SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh recently took a trip “down under” in order to promote his memoirs “Win or Learn”. While in Australia, the famed coach was of coursed asked numerous questions regarding his star pupil, UFC lightweight champion of the world Conor...

Mar 29, 2017 6:26 am

Coach John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor isn’t going anywhere soon

Last November, in the main event of the blockbuster UFC 205, Ireland’s Conor McGregor knocked out Eddie Alvarez to win the UFC lightweight title. Given that he still owned the UFC featherweight crown at the time, this made him the first fighter in UFC history to hold titles in two weight classes at the same...

Mar 28, 2017 3:52 pm

John Kavanagh shares inspiring story from Conor McGregor’s UFC debut

UFC superstar Conor McGregor has taken the MMA world by storm since making his UFC debut in 2013, where he knocked out Marcus Brimage in the very first round with beautiful looping uppercuts. Fast forward four years and McGregor is undoubtably the biggest name in MMA at the present time. After making history in 2016...

Mar 19, 2017 12:28 pm

Coach John Kavanagh makes interesting suggestion for Gunnar Nelson’s next fight

Last night, in the co-main event of the UFC’s latest trip to London, England, Iceland’s Gunnar Nelson scored an impressive win over the ever dangerous Alan Jouban. This win, which occurred after a fairly dominant first round, saw Nelson put his American foe on roller skates, before chasing him to the mat, where he locked...

Mar 2, 2017 9:15 am

Coach John Kavanagh details his ideal next fights for Conor McGregor

Shortly after winning the UFC lightweight title with a beautiful, second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez, Conor McGregor set his sights on a game-changing boxing match with semi-retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. Whether this fight actually happens is still very difficult to say, but it remains the Irishman’s singular focus. McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, however,...

Jan 13, 2017 9:44 am

John Kavanagh not impressed with interim title fight at UFC 209

This week, it was announced that top ranked lightweights Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson would be stepping into the Octagon in the co-main event of UFC 209 on March 4th to compete for the interim UFC lightweight championship. The fight had been in the works for quite some time after UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor...

Dec 9, 2016 9:29 am

John Kavanagh sounds off on Anthony Pettis missing weight

Friday morning, unfortunate news surfaced that former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had missed weight for his scheduled UFC 206 interim featherweight title fight with Max Holloway. Pettis, who missed weight by three pounds for the event, is no longer eligible to win the interim featherweight championship in the fight, and also forfeited 20% of...

Nov 27, 2016 2:31 pm

Coach Kavanagh reacts to Conor McGregor being stripped of his UFC featherweight title

During last night’s UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast, UFC officials announced that Conor McGregor had ‘relinquished’ his UFC featherweight championship. The promotion added that Jose Aldo, who won UFC interim featherweight title be defeating Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July, had been promoted to undisputed featherweight champion of the UFC. In addition to that...

Nov 14, 2016 3:11 pm

Coach John Kavanagh on McGregor vs. Alvarez: This Was a Massive Mismatch

Last Saturday, in the main event of UFC 205, UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor knocked out lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez with beautiful, second-round combination. This seemingly effortless victory rendered the Irish star the first fighter in UFC history to own titles in two divisions simultaneously. While many members of the MMA community were shocked by...

Nov 14, 2016 1:25 pm

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh wants Nate Diaz trilogy fight next

UFC star Conor McGregor made history at Madison Square Garden at UFC 205 when he finished Eddie Alvarez by TKO to become the first fighter in the UFC to hold two weight division’s titles simultaneously. The biggest thing that fans of Conor McGregor are waiting on is what fight comes next for the Irish superstar....

Nov 7, 2016 1:56 pm

Coach John Kavanagh Makes His Prediction for Alvarez vs. McGregor

UFC 205, which will mark the UFC’s long awaited debut in New York City, is now just days away. As this mammoth card draws ever closer, fans, media members, fighters, and other MMA personalities have begun to offer up their predictions on the main event: a lightweight title fight between divisional king Eddie Alvarez and...

Oct 31, 2016 4:04 pm

Coach John Kavanagh recalls Mike Tyson’s single piece of advice for Conor McGregor

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has become a worldwide star and it’s only fitting that the prize MMA fighter has been seen hanging out with other celebrities. We’ve seen Conor hanging out with Jennifer Lopez at her birthday. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo paid “The Notorious” a visit during his UFC 202 training camp preparing for...

Aug 28, 2016 10:56 am

McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh is ‘slightly terrified’ by Nate Diaz

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor was able to drop Nate Diaz on three different occasions during their five-round war at UFC 202 in Las Vegas. Although “Mystic Mac” was able to find a home for his big left hand on frequent occasion against Diaz, Nate took all of the shots and just kept coming back....

May 26, 2016 10:55 am

SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh dropping knowledge

Straight Blast Gym head coach John Kavanagh is a rather active social media user. While his prized pupil Conor McGregor has caught quite a bit of criticism since his UFC 196 loss to Nate Diaz in March, Kavanagh has taken to social media with some wisdom for his followers. Money will help but it won't...

May 7, 2016 12:28 pm

John Kavanagh gets hilariously strange message about training at SBG Ireland

SBG Ireland has earned the reputation as one of Ireland’s premiere MMA gyms, with John Kavanagh earning the reputation as one of the best coaches in all of MMA. Coach Kavanagh likely receives hundreds of emails regarding training at SBG Ireland given the number of high profile fighters who train at his gym. We have...