Conor McGregor’s Gym to Be Shut Down Says Coach John Kavanagh

Published 03/14/2020, 5:21 PM EDT


SBG Ireland coach and owner, John Kavanagh, has closed his gym keeping in mind the outbreak of coronavirus. This is the same gym that UFC star Conor McGregor works out of.

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Kavanagh initially put out a tweet asking the people of Ireland to avoid social interaction for two weeks. He also urged to impose a nationwide lockdown by using a hashtag. The SBG supremo decided to lead by example by first shutting down his gym for two weeks.

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Ariel Helwani broke the news of the closing of the gym. He mentioned that the decision was taken keeping in mind the recommendations given by the Government of Ireland. The decision was already in effect since Thursday night.

John Kavanagh also added: “While our age profile and fitness levels put us, in the main, outside the ‘at risk’ groups, we need to be mindful of our role in potentially spreading infection, and so we take this decision with the thoughts of the at-risk people in our community in mind.

The country of Ireland is no stranger to the virus. The nation reported 39 new cases taking the total toll to 129. Two individuals have also died because of the outbreak.

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Coronavirus has also pushed UFC events behind closed doors

The UFC has also taken note of the serious implications of Covid-19. Consequently, it has decided to hold its upcoming events inside closed doors. The first event to get a taste of this is UFC Brasilia.

The UFC is yet to decide on UFC  249. The event features Khabib Nurmagomedov taking on Tony Ferguson in New York. However, the city has prohibited public gatherings of more than 500 people. It’ll be interesting to see what route Dana takes concerning this much-hyped bout.

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Earlier today, Conor McGregor expressed his displeasure over the virus. However, most of the athletes have reacted positively towards the news of fighting in empty arenas. They have very well understood the gravity of the situation. Moreover, some of them even promised to put up a show for their fans watching from their homes. Also what is noteworthy is that not a single fighter or staff of the UFC has yet tested positive for the virus.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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