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Conor McGregor coach John Kavanagh not happy with title strip; UFC ownership pushed for Irishman

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The entire MMA world probably knows by now that Conor McGregor was stripped of his UFC featherweight belt. And the entire MMA world probably knows that it was all thanks to an injured Daniel Cormier and a new headliner for UFC 206. What the entire MMA world does not know is how McGregor (or anyone from his side) feels.

Until now.

The Notorious’ coach John Kavanagh recently shared his thoughts on the UFC’s (rushed) decision to have his fighter relinquish the belt. He did not sound very happy.

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“It was a very messy set of circumstances which led to doing it,” Kavanagh shared during a radio interview. They lost a main event (at UFC 206) and then they haphazardly threw together a new main event. They felt they had to make this for a title in order for it to sell so they brought in another interim title that Jose Aldo already has and then bumped Jose Aldo up to the current undisputed champion. Which just seems ridiculous to me.”

Kavanagh also pointed out the rushed decision, not even giving his fighter a chance to defend the featherweight belt.

“Conor has only been 11 months since he won that title. There have been many, many examples of fighters waiting 15 months, 18 months before defending it,” Kavanagh elaborated. “He’s 11 months and they stripped him of it. I thought it was very shortsighted by the UFC how they went about doing it.”

Team Conor McGregor exploring UFC ownership

Meanwhile, McGregor’s agent Audie Attar has voiced support for another aspect of the Irishman’s career-the entrepreneurial side.

Coming from the Notorious’ announcement of wanting ownership of the UFC, Attar expressed interest to discuss this possibility.

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“When you’re starting to get more and more information on the economics of the sport, and when you really start to learn how much Conor drove that business and that growth, it’s a fair question for any businessman to ask: if he’s getting his fair share,” Attar shared. “Especially since there’s a precedent now where active athletes in other sports are getting ownership in a company you’re helping drive to the next level.”

Photo Courtesy: Florian Sädler/ Flickr

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