Conor McGregor: Coach John Kavanagh issues UFC return update, addresses rift rumours – Express
Conor McGregor hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since his UFC 229 defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov, his successor at the summit of the lightweight division.
The Irishman cast doubt over his future in mixed martial arts in late March by announcing his retirement from the sport.
He has, however, appeared to have performed a U-turn on his second retirement, though he’s yet to confirm he is an active fighter.
UFC president Dana White is confident we haven’t seen the last of McGregor and believes we could very well see him back inside the cage this summer.
Kavanagh himself recently echoed that notion but is no longer sure when we’ll ‘The Notorious’ back in action.
“I honestly don’t know,” the Straight Blast Gym Ireland head coach said when asked if he knows when we’ll next see McGregor in action.
“That’s a question for Conor, he’s got a lot of other stuff going on so I’ll just be honest and say I don’t know.”
In the weeks after his submission loss to Nurmagomedov, it was suggested McGregor had fallen out with Kavanagh over the strategy for his grudge match with the Russian.
That suggestion has since been dismissed and Kavanagh has insisted he will be in his most famous student’s corner should he decide to fight again.
“I don’t think [me cornering Conor] is in doubt,” said Kavanagh.
“I’m sure I’ll be there, we talk almost daily.
“He doesn’t have a fight lined up yet but as soon as he does we’ll get the old gang back together and starting plotting, training.
“And I’m sure he’ll steal the show again, which I’ve no doubt he’ll do.”
Kavanagh may not know when McGregor will lace up his gloves again, but he believes the 30-year-old is determined to fight again.
“I think there has been a resurgence in his passion and his love and I think if the right contest comes along, something that’s very interesting to him, a good challenge, something that will get the crowd going,” he said during a recent appearance on the Late Late Show.
“I’d be very surprised if he doesn’t fight again…as soon as…it could be even the summer.”