“Grateful” Coach Kavanagh pays tribute to his recently retired pupil Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor, John Kavanagh, Khabib Nurmagomedov

Former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor shocked the mixed martial arts community earlier this week when he unexpectedly announced his retirement from MMA.

The 30-year-old Irish superstar took to Twitter where he issued the following statement.

“Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today. I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition. I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement. Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!” 

While many fans, fighters and analysts aren’t buying McGregor’s second careeer retirement, the Irishman’s long time coach is not so sure.

John Kavanagh, the head coach of SBG Ireland and Conor McGregor, recently took to Instagram where he paid tribute to his star pupil.

“Not that long ago but feels like a different lifetime. 2 lads (1 with a dodgy lip ring) traveling economy around the world trying to make a dream become reality. I don’t know what the future holds but I do know because of Conor McGregor I’ve done more in the last 5 years than I would have ever imagined I’d do in a lifetime. Grateful.”

Conor McGregor was last seen in action at October’s UFC 229 event, where he suffered a submission loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Shortly following his retirement, it was announced that McGregor was being investigated by Irish Police over an alleged sexual assault.

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