“If He Slips Then People Say the Whole Gym Is Terrible”- Conor McGregor’s Coach Replies to Michael Bisping’s Criticism

Published 12/21/2021, 1:15 PM EST


Currently, Conor McGregor is recovering after injuring his leg and suffering consecutive losses against the same fighter back-to-back in the same year. After coming from an almost 12-month absence from the fighting scene, he faced Dustin Poirier. Both the fighters previously locked horns at UFC 178, which worked in Conor’s favor.

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However, the two fights after that were clearly in Dustin’s ballpark. During the first rematch, ‘Notorious’ suffered his first-ever knockout loss in his pro MMA career. With the score settled, the fighters clashed again in July for the main event show at UFC 264.

This fight ended brutally for McGregor with a nasty injury in his leg. The former double division champ is in recovery mode since that fight. He also seems to have gained weight during this time off. Additionally, amongst all these ups and downs, Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has been with him.

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However, English sports analyst, commentator, and retired mixed martial artist Michael Bisping seems to have a different opinion. He went on BT Sport and suggested that John should get fired immediately.

Following this criticism, the Irish Coach gave his reaction in an exclusive interview with the mirror. He said, “I would take criticism from anybody. That’s very important. 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.”

He also shared, “So look, things are looking up and to Bisping I’d say ‘thanks very much for the constructive criticism’, keep it coming and we’ll keep trying to improve”

John Kavanagh shares the impact of Conor McGregor’s name

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John calmly reacted to Bisping’s harsh words. During the same interview, he shared the stats from ‘SBG Ireland HQ‘. Kavanagh revealed, “For this quarter that’s just ending we had a 70 percent win rate; 20 fighters and 14 wins.” With these stats, he ranked the Irish gym amongst the best gyms in the world.

Additionally, he also shared the drawbacks, and advantages of having a star name attached to the gym. John concluded that if Conor wins, the gym is considered good. “If he slips, then people say the whole gym is terrible”. John also touched on the great opportunities and attention his team was getting through Conor’s name.

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Siddharth Negi

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Siddharth Negi is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. This English graduate, who has been following MMA and the culture surrounding the sport for almost four years, elected to fuse his degree and interest to provide fans with the background information beyond the fights. Negi believes that combining his vast knowledge and curiosity for every little fact of the sport with his love for language can bring a change to the reader’s point of view.

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