Conor McGregor’s long-time coach John Kavanagh has revealed that Conor McGregor is essentially the chief strategist for his upcoming fight with Donald Cerrone at UFC 246.
Traditionally a fighter’s own coaches would be the ones who would watch tape on an opponent, come up with a gameplan and map out a training schedule, but Kavanagh has said that’s not the case with ‘The Notorious.’
“With Conor’s fighting IQ, with Conor’s understanding of the game, this training camp is about all of us getting out of his way,” Kavanagh told the MacLife site. “Provide him an environment where he gets different looks, different feels, and support him. Where he wants the training camp to go, with intensities, and listening to him – where he has days where he has days where he wants to push hard, and days where he wants to slow down.
“It’s not so much about us coaches sitting down to game plan and then filling Conor in. Conor knows more about fighting than the rest of us put together.”
Kavanagh, who has also gone on record as stating that McGregor is looking at his best in training, believes that it’s the Irish superstar’s own mindset that is the key to victory, regardless of who he is facing.
“I don’t think the opponent matters too much. I don’t think there is a fighter on the planet that has his fight IQ, his skillset that he has. It just isn’t really that important to me who he faces if he has the mindset that he has now.”