Conor McGregor: Coach makes very honest admission about Notorious’ UFC 229 performance

Conor McGregor made his long-awaited return to the Octagon this past weekend in the main event of UFC 229, where he challenged Khabib Nurmagomedov for the lightweight title.

The Irishman’s bid to reclaim the belt he was stripped of in April ended in a spectacular fourth-round submission loss, which Nurmagomedov inflicted via a neck crank shortly after taking ‘The Notorious’’ back.

The Russian dominated the majority of the fight, though he did relinquish the third round to his rival.

McGregor’s usually accurate timing and precision didn’t come to the fore until the third stanza, which didn’t go unnoticed by Kavanagh.

“His shots weren’t as crisp as they normally are,” Kavanagh said during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience Podcast earlier this week.

“He had opportunities to hit him, especially in the third round, and it seemed to be the range – something was off.”

With the benefit of hindsight, Kavanagh admits he would’ve had adopted a more offensive approach to ending Nurmagomedov’s reign as lightweight king.

“If there’s one thing I could change it’s that I think I was too defensive in my mindset for this training camp,” the SBG Ireland head coach said.

“But Khabib has very specific types of takedowns, depending on where he is, whether it’s shooting on the low single in the middle, and on the fence.

“I would like to change things up a little bit, specifically, a more offensive mindset.

“I thought defensively, we did quite well, but offensively, we weren’t really where we usually are.

“And right when the fight was over, I was thinking ‘You know what, I was kind of going into this not to lose, but not to win (either).”

McGregor is currently for his part in the brawl which ensued after his fourth career defeat.

The commission initially didn’t file a complaint against ‘The Notorious’ but did so after seeing new footage of the melee.

“We will be filing against Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov,” NSAC commission chairman Anthony Marnell told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

“Because we withheld one purse, we will have to move expeditiously to a complaint and hearing.

“We have held 100 per cent of one of the fighter’s money. Temporary suspensions will be out shortly, and we’re shooting for a final hearing date in November.”

Marnell is expecting the pair to be heavily sanctioned for their actions, adding: “This is a serious issue, this is not a light issue.

“This isn’t, ‘We smacked each other in the face in a hotel lobby the week of a fight.’ This is the night of the event, and it needs to stay inside that field of combat.

“There are serious regulations and statutes about what took place, and the consequences have to match the actions.”

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