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Published: 9/Oct/2018 15:28 Updated: 9/Oct/2018 15:37by Matt Porter
Conor McGregor’s MMA coach, John Kavanagh, has revealed what they would do differently if the Irish fighter was to have a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
The undefeated Russian retained his UFC Lightweight Championship in convincing fashion at UFC 229, forcing McGregor to tap out to a rear naked choke in the fourth round of the contest.
On Monday, October 8, Kavanagh appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast to break down and discuss the fight with the legendary UFC commentator.
When asked by Rogan what they would do differently if Conor gets the rematch he wants with Khabib, Kavanagh says that they would focus more on attacking rather than defending against Nurmagomedov.
Kavanagh stated: “From a strategy point of view, my number one thing would be to think more offensively.
“We definitely had opportunities to land shots, and when Conor lands shots, well… You know, watch the Eddie fight.” continued the coach. “It doesn’t take him a whole lot of shots, he rarely misses.
“But this one, he didn’t seem seem to be landing. When I look back at the training camp, we did spend most of our time with a defensive mindset, and I think that was a mistake.”
Nurmagomedov’s victory over the former two-weight world champion was unfortunately tainted by a brawl that took place after the fight had ended.
Khabib scaled the Octagon and attacked Conor’s training partner Dillon Danis, while member’s of The Eagle’s team stormed the cage and attempted to assault McGregor.
Thanks to comments made by McGregor on social media, it’s clear that ‘The Notorious One’ is eager for a rematch against Khabib. Unfortunately, any talk of a rematch is premature, as both McGregor and Nurmagomedov await the rulings of the Nevada State Athletic Commission who are investigating the post-fight scuffle.