John Kavanagh on Conor McGregor: ‘He has made mistakes that I absolutely don’t condone’

John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor

John Kavanagh recently made a guest appearance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show, where he discussed the future of UFC star Conor McGregor.

Kavanagh claimed that this past weekend was the first time he had seen Conor McGregor in months. The SBG head coach went on to say that he plans to meet with his star pupil later next week to discuss his next move.

“He’s just back from the States; he was in Miami for the last few months training,” Kavanagh told Ryan Tubridy on Friday’s The Late Late Show (transcript via MMAFighting).

“I had a small amateur show on Friday night and he showed up. I didn’t even know he was going to be there, he showed up and that was the first time I’d seen him in a while. There had been a couple of texts exchanged back and forth and I’m hoping to sit down next week and see what the plan is.” 

“[It had been] months [since I saw him],” he clarified. “He had been in Miami taking a break, but also training. Physically, I hadn’t seen him in quite a while.”

Conor McGregor has been making headlines for a variety of different reasons in recent weeks.

The Irishman has been arrested in Miami, announced his retirement from MMA, and was accused of sexual assault – all within the last two weeks.

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Coach Kavanagh weighed in on McGregor’s recent troubles during his appearance on Ireland’s popular talk show.

“I do [care], I absolutely do,” he said. “[I care about] the perception of the sport; it’s been around before Conor and it’ll be around after he’s finished with it. I do think, myself and everyone in Ireland that’s involved in MMA, we’re hugely thankful for what Conor has done. He shone a huge light on what we did…but he has made mistakes that I absolutely don’t condone. I know he regrets them, he’s paid for them, he’s trying to learn from them and he’s trying to move on. 

“I hope we go back to doing the positive things; the goal setting, the work ethic, going for something that seems impossible. Those are the qualities I love in Conor, that I love talking about when I’m in the kids’ classes…I’m conscious of the fact that I need to set a good example for them and I know Conor does as well. That’s what I want to get back to…the many, many positive qualities that he has.”

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