Conor McGregor is all set for a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200. Ahead of UFC 200, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh discussed about his pupil’s upcoming rematch and what led to McGregor’s defeat at UFC 196.
“The wins never changed Conor so I don’t believe the losses will either. His confidence is a product of the training we do so it will be there again in the lead-up to this fight, because we will train in a way that makes us feel nothing but confident.” Kavanagh wrote for The 42.
According to Kavanagh, McGregor has still not lost his confidence in spite of the UFC 196 defeat.
“If Conor went into the last fight and was completely wiped out in every area, it would be pretty hard to be absolutely confident going into a rematch. But the skills were there,” he said.
“When the strategy veered off course, that led to exhaustion and the dynamic of the fight changed. An exhausted opponent is not difficult to defeat. That’s a mistake we made. The training and the strategy will be different this time. So too will the result.”
Conor McGregor’s loss to Nate Diaz came as a big shock to the MMA world. Nate Diaz accepted the fight on a 11 day notice after Rafael dos Anjos pulled out of his initial fight with the Irishman citing injury.
Kavanagh revealed that talks of a rematch were immediately being discussed after the fight. Conor in fact, chased this rematch and harassed UFC president Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta on a “daily basis for a rematch”, admits Kavanagh.
“Conor believes that the last fight didn’t accurately reflect the skills and ability he possesses, so he’s eager to address that,” he said.
According to him, Conor’s cardio led to his defeat, but is hopeful of rectifying it. Both Conor and Kavanagh are excited about their training and are going to make minor changes to it.
“We’re excited about training for it and we’ve made some good plans which involve some adjustments, including spending a little bit more time out in Las Vegas. We’ll make some minor changes to the training to get used to that particular opponent and we won’t be overly-reliant on Conor’s left hand to secure the result,” he said.