‘It was close to being done… it is probably the best fight I could imagine’: Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh laments clash with Justin Gaethje falling through before Irishman’s retirement
- Conor McGregor announced his retirement from MMA for the third time
- Before he hung up the gloves again, a fight with Justin Gaethje was close
- His coach John Kavanagh said: ‘It’s kind of sad now that it didn’t happen’
- He also thinks it would be best possible match-up for Irishman stylistically
Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has revealed how close the ‘Notorious’ came to fighting Justin Gaethje.
McGregor has now announced his retirement for a third time and Gaethje is due to face Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title having beaten Tony Ferguson.
The latest developments have left Kavanagh wondering what might have been.
Conor McGregor came close to agreeing a fight with Justin Gaethje before he retired again
Gaethje beat Tony Ferguson in fine style to force a title shot against Khabib Nurmagomedov
‘It was close to being done. It’s kind of sad now that it didn’t happen,’ he told MMAWorld.
‘We have obviously the coronavirus and how everything went with the world. I think we could’ve been getting ready for that fight any week now if things hadn’t have happened the way they did. But here we are, so all we can do is speculate.’
McGregor and Gaethje almost agreed a deal to fight before the American overcame Ferguson in emphatic style to leapfrog his rivals to a title shot.
The coronavirus pandemic also put a spanner in the works with the UFC reluctant to put on a McGregor fight behind closed doors due to the lack of revenue they’d make.
McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh thinks McGregor matches up well with Gaethje
Kavanagh went on to say he believes his pupil matches up best stylistically with Gaethje and it could have been a spectacular contest.
‘I think the Gaethje fight is probably the best fight I could imagine because he has the style that really matches well with Conor’, he added.
‘Gaethje likes to march forward. He sits down on his shots, he throws heavy shots. He doesn’t seem to care about being hit.
‘And he likes coming forward. Conor’s always done very well as a counter fighter. Although he does walk forward, he responds to people’s attacks very well.’