“I’m Sure Conor Would Love to See It”- Conor McGregor’s Coach John Kavanagh Overwhelmed by Jose Aldo’s Re-Emergence

Published 12/27/2021, 5:02 AM EST
HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 07: (L-R) Jose Aldo of Brazil reacts after defeating Pedro Munhoz of Brazil in their bantamweight bout during the UFC 265 event at Toyota Center on August 07, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)


Conor McGregor’s coach and Straight Blast Gym’s owner, John Kavanagh, is one of the most recognizable entities in the UFC. The premier trainer is a representative of ‘The Notorious’ and is a part of McGregor’s closely-knit circle. Meanwhile, Kavanagh recently revealed that he is a huge fan of McGregor’s former rival and UFC legend Jose Aldo.

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In a conversation with Ariel Helwani at The MMA Hour, the coach stated that the 35-year-old’s recent performances have astounded him. John Kavanagh said, “Look what Aldo’s done. He’s come back completely reinvigorated at 135 and he’s looking world-class. He’s looking like a champion beater. And if he gets that Dillashaw fight, I think we’ll really see just how far he’s come since then.”

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Additionally, Kavanagh also mentioned that McGregor would also be delighted to see ‘Junior’ chase the gold once more. “I’m sure Conor would love to see it, and certainly, I would love to see him have his hand raised and have that belt at 135.”

Kavanagh reveals he was anxious before Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo’s fight

Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo’s title fight was, arguably, one of the most anticipated bouts in UFC history. Notably, ‘Junior’ reigned over the featherweight division as the Kingpin of the roster, whereas ‘The Notorious’ walked into the fight as an underdog.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 12: (R-L) Conor McGregor of Ireland punches Jose Aldo of Brazil in their UFC featherweight championship bout during the UFC 194 event inside MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Their collision at UFC 194 back in 2015 still remains one of the most memorable fights in all of MMA. Interestingly, McGregor accomplished the impossible as he swiftly demolished the champion in 13 seconds with a hard left. Despite McGregor’s quick win, Kavanagh named that fight as a regret.

In the same chat with Helwani, he said, “So there was nobody that was a bigger fan of that team and Aldo specifically than me. And in the lead-up to that fight, I had many sleepless nights looking at those leg kicks and his takedown defense and his speed and his technique and his experience. And I somewhat regretted how the fight went because I would have loved to see the clash of styles and some more exchanges.” 

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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