Conor McGregor’s coach confident star has corrected Dustin Poirier mistakes

Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh is confident his pupil has corrected the mistakes which saw him KO'd by Dustin Poirier.

McGregor was stopped in the second round of his rematch with his lightweight rival in January.

Poirier's main weapon was his calf kicks which left McGregor limping and unable to defend himself.

But ahead of a proposed trilogy clash this summer, Kavanagh is confident there will be no repeat performance.

"We want to get that one back, we've got to figure out these calf kicks, how to use them and defend them," he told BT Sport. "We're pretty confident we have that sorted out now. "

McGregor has also been criticised for focusing on a potential boxing fight with Manny Pacquiao and of abandoning his mixed martial arts fundamentals.

But Kavanagh is not convinced the Dubliner's boxing-heavy stance led to his defeat.

"It definitely has an effect, would it have had enough of an effect to change that fight? I don’t think so," he added.

"Fair play to Dustin and Mike (Brown) and the guys. Even when he was getting clocked, he got hit a couple of times hard but he still didn't start getting into a trading war or try and gas himself out trying for takedowns.

"He had this plan, that he had the check hook and they had had the calf kick and they were just going to keep doing it and hope it would work, and it did.

"I don't think any amount of pre-fight shenanigans would have changed that or any interview requests or any screaming fans.

"We have to fix that technical detail, which is not like having to fix everything, it's fixing a small enough area. Get that back into the whole game, not going in with a sort of with a boxing mentality, going in with an MMA mentality.

"Conor was always famous for his movement, his ability to change stances, his bounce as he would say. We got to bring that back. It’s there, it’s under the hood, it’s not skills that have to be learned or relearned, they just have to be re-ignited.

"We have already started that process. So, wouldn't it be great to do it again in the summer, maybe in Vegas in front of 20,000 screaming people if we can get the world back open again."

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