McGregor's coach John Kavanagh insists he welcomes Bisping criticism

John Kavanagh insists he ‘welcomes criticism’ and ‘was not hurt’ by Michael Bisping calling for him to be SACKED after Conor McGregor’s coach raised eyebrows by claiming his fighter ‘looked really good’ against Dustin Poirier before leg break

  • Conor McGregor suffered defeat by Dustin Poirier and broke leg in trilogy fight
  • Irishman’s coach said he had been pleased with how it was going until injury
  • John Kavanagh’s comments led Michael Bisping to say he should be fired  

John Kavanagh has responded to calls for him to be sacked as Conor McGregor’s coach. 

The Straight Blast Gym boss has raised eyebrows with his comments that McGregor was doing well in the trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier before he suffered a freak leg break. 

Michael Bisping even went as far as to say McGregor should ‘fire him immediately’ if Kavanagh genuinely believed what he was saying. 

Conor McGregor (left) and John Kavanagh have been together since the very start 

Kavanagh was pleased with how McGregor performed before he broke his leg 

After the bout, Kavanagh said ‘it was going fantastic’ and added: ‘I thought he looked really, really good in there. I wasn’t concerned at all.’

The 44-year-old, who has guided McGregor throughout his career, remains circumspect and insisted he welcomes criticism without losing sleep over negative comments.

He told the Mirror at a fundraiser for injured fighter Ian Coughlan: ‘I would take criticism from anybody, that’s very important. I 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.

‘To Bisping, I’d say: “Thanks very much for the constructive criticism, keep it coming and we’ll keep trying to improve.”

McGregor is working hard to recover from his injury and return at some point next year

Michael Bisping previously said Kavanagh should be sacked if he really believed the fight was going well for McGregor prior to the broken leg 

‘I’m always self-critical but if I’m being 100 per cent honest, it’ll be the people closest to me saying something – I have a lot of very honest people around me – that’ll be what makes me really stand up and think.’

McGregor was knocked out in the rematch with Poirier before the leg break in their trilogy and is expected to be back in action by next summer. 

Kavanagh is aware that perceptions of him and his team will always be overly coloured by how McGregor fares, despite there being a host of fighters working out of his Dublin HQ. 

McGregor struggled in the first round against Poirier before the fight had to be called 

And he pointed out what he believes to be a double standard, adding: ‘Dustin Poirier can go out and lose to Charles (Oliveira), or get finished quicker than Conor did against Khabib, and nobody asks why he’s still with American Top Team or says he has no grappling.’ 

McGregor will be desperate to reestablish himself as a top contender when he returns and is expecting to be back in full sparring in April. 

He has called for a shot at champion Oliveira but a clash with Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier or Nate Diaz seems far more likely.  

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