Conor McGregor’s long-time coach John Kavanagh has said in a new interview that the fighter is now on a better path in life after owning up to his past mistakes outside of the Octagon over the past few years.
“It comes with the territory,” Kavanagh told RTE. “Negative headlines get more clicks than positive headlines. That’s just the media game.
“He’s spoken himself about his slips and his mistakes. He’s had to pay for those outside of the sport. I feel we’re on a good comeback story – he had a great win in January – but yeah, like most things in life you take the good with the bad, you roll with it and try to improve, learn from mistakes and get better as a human being and an athlete as you go on.
“It’s a very weird rise from being an unknown guy in Dublin, doing a sport no one has heard of, to being a global superstar. Everything you say and do is analysed.
“He had to make his mistakes very publicly and visibly. I’m proud of how he’s come through those things. He’s owned up to his mistakes. He’s trying to make himself a better person and I’m behind that.
“I’d like to think [his mistakes haven’t damaged the sport]. I think people who are interested in the sport realise it’s not one person.”
McGregor certainly got 2020 off to a bright start with a drama-free build-up to his fight with Donald Cerrone and then delivering a highlight-reel 40 second TKO finish.
At the time ‘The Notorious’ was adamant that he intended to stay busy in the UFC over the course of this year, but as yet its not known who his next fight will be against or when it might be.