Conor McGregor’s Coach Responds To Michael Bisping: ‘Thanks For The Constructive Criticism’
John Kavanagh thanked Michael Bisping after calling the coach to be fired earlier this year.
Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s coach, said he’s thankful for Bisping’s “constructive criticism” back in July when McGregor broke his leg after his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier.
“I wouldn’t say I was hurt, I wasn’t going: ‘Oh no, Bisping said something.’ That’s his opinion and everybody is welcome to their opinion,” Kavanagh told The Mirror.
“… To Bisping, I’d say: ‘Thanks very much for the constructive criticism, keep it coming and we’ll keep trying to improve.’”
Bisping called out McGregor’s coach and said that it is concerning that Kavanagh was not concerned.
Kavanagh said in a post-fight interview that he knew McGregor was going to get a knockout in the second round, but the Irish fighter was technically knocked out at the end of the first round.
“I wasn’t concerned at all, I was actually really, really happy,” Kavanagh previously said. “And I knew what I was going to be saying between rounds. I was just going to tell him to keep doing what he was doing with the kicks and try to close a bit heavier this time.”
Bisping responded to the statement.
“But in terms of Conor McGregor, in terms of the machine, the fan base that he has, and the narrative to twist the situation, just like his coach John Kavanagh has, he said, ‘Oh, I so nothing that concerned me. I knew that in the second round we would get the knockout,” Bisping previously said.
“Nothing I was seeing there concerned me at all.’ If that’s true, John Kavanagh, Conor should fire you immediately because that was very concerning.”
McGregor is still rehabilitating his shattered left tibia and fibula, but officials have said he is targeting a return soon.
Kavanagh and his gym SBG have been under criticism following high-profile losses for its fighters, including McGregor.
In the UFC, McGregor, who is one of the promotion’s most known fighters, has lost to Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov and Poirier twice.