‘I can’t convince Conor McGregor to do s***’: Coach John Kavanagh insists he cannot bring superstar out of UFC retirement – but then hints his man’s exile might only be ‘for now’
- Conor McGregor shocked UFC by announcing his retirement earlier this month
- McGregor looked to have big fights on the cards against likes of Jorge Masvidal
- But McGregor walked away, and his coach says he cannot change his mind
- But John Kavanagh also said: ‘Who knows what’s gonna happen in the future?’
Having retired three times in the past four years, not everyone is convinced that Conor McGregor’s latest announcement that he is done with UFC for good is the final word on the matter.
So it might not come as a surprise that his coach, John Kavanagh, has offered a less than persuasive assertion that McGregor really will never return to MMA.
While saying that McGregor should be taken at his word, Kavanagh also added a few caveats.
Conor McGregor with his coach John Kavanagh, who says he cannot convince the Irishman to reverse his decision on retiring from UFC, which he announced earlier this month
McGregor appears content in retirement, judging by this recent picture of him on a jet-ski
When asked by MMA World on Youtube whether McGregor’s retirement will last this time, Kavanagh said: ‘Is Conor retired? Yes, he is as far as I can tell. That’s what he said, isn’t it?’
It was then put to him that, as his coach, he had the influence over McGregor to convince him to fight again, Kavanagh dismissed the notion but then immediately cast doubt on the longevity of McGregor’s inactivity, saying he was retired ‘for now’.
‘I can’t convince Conor to do s***,’ Kavanagh said. ‘Conor will tell Conor what he’s gonna do. And who knows? Who knows what’s gonna happen in the future. But, as for now, he’s retired.’
McGregor was last seen in the octagon when beating Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January
Kavanagh is McGregor’s coach at the famed Straight Blast Gym in Dublin.
McGregor shocked the UFC when he announced his retirement earlier this month. Huge fights against Jorge Masvidal or long-term rival Khabib Nurmagomedov had appeared to be brewing, but the Irishman was not interested.
‘The game just does not excite me, and that’s that,’ McGregor said soon after his initial proclamation.
He is said to have earned an enormous $100million (£80m) from his UFC career and no other fighter can match his mainstream appeal or earnings potential.
McGregor was last seen in the octagon when beating Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 in January.