Conor McGregor may have a legal case pending following his Brooklyn blowout (see it again here), but that doesn’t mean his fighting career is at a complete standstill. According to his head trainer John Kavanagh, there are active negations taking place surrounding a “Notorious” comeback.
And to no one’s surprise, the man in talks to welcome him back is none other than current UFC Lightweight champion of the world, Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“I hope so. It’s no secret the headlines are out there. There is ongoing negotiations. Like I said, I have to be honest and I don’t know, I don’t involve myself in the management things,” revealed Kavanagh during a recent chat with ESPN.
“Him and Audi have that on lock down. They both know what they’re doing in that world and I’m okay on the coaching side of things. I hope so. I get regular updates and it is ongoing,” he added.
To hear the Straight Blast Gym head trainer tell it, Conor has been putting in some serious work in the gym, proving to him that there is a spark there and he’s ready to put all of his other business ventures to the side to resume his combat career.
“I really have seen the spark back lately,” Kavanagh said. “I think that was directed at other areas of his life for a while, building up his business world — which is completely justified. We all know the hard-luck stories of fighters retiring broke. They get pats on the back and they’re forgotten,” he said.
”I supported [McGregor focusing on other business] and I’m fully behind it, but I do see the spark back. I do see him very hungry, coming down to regular jiu-jitsu class and throwing a gi on. Strength and conditioning. There’s a real fire back.”
Regarding Conor’s legal issues and his rampage on a bus full of fighters in Brooklyn, John says one bad moment shouldn’t deter everyone from seeing the good side of the “Notorious” one.
“It is what it is. I don’t really have a comment on that,” Kavanagh said. “Conor is a man. He’s his own person. He’s very busy with what he’s doing outside the gym. I’m super busy with what I’m doing outside and inside the gym.
”I love him to bits. He’s been my kid brother for over 10 years. I am behind him 100 percent. Is he perfect? No. Are you? No. Am I? No. But I know he’s a good person. I’ve seen all the good stuff he’s done. He’s incredibly loyal. He’s a great teammate. What can I say? I support him.”
Conor is due in court on July 26, 2018 where he and his legal team are expected to make a case for a plea deal that will likely see McGregor get off with a slap on the wrist. After that, we will have to wait and see what kind of punishment UFC levies against Conor (don’t laugh) before the promotion can actually book him for a fight.
Though something tells me it won’t be too severe.