Conor McGregor’s long-time coach John Kavanagh has made a bold statement ahead of the superstar’s return to the Octagon against Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on January 19th in Las Vegas.
Speaking on Twitter, Kavanagh claimed that ‘The Notorious’ is looking better than ever as one of the most intense section of their pre-fight training winds down before heading to the U.S. for the final couple of weeks of camp.
“Jan 1st, last heavy spar today before going to Vegas,” Kavanagh wrote. “Can honestly say this is the best i’ve seen him and i wasn’t sure that was possible to do 6 months ago. You guys are in for a real treat, i’m just glad to have a good seat! #UFC246.”
This will be McGregor’s first fight at 170lbs since his back-to-back fights with Nate Diaz in 2016, which saw him lose in their first outing by second round submission, before edging out a narrow majority decision verdict in the rematch.
Since then McGregor has stepped down to lightweight and defeated Eddie Alvarez by TKO to win the title and then lost by fourth round submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov last year.
Cerrone has been far more active than McGregor over the same period of time, but is coming off two TKO losses in a row against Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje.