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Conor McGregor’s Coach John Kavanagh says Conor was on track to finishing Poirier at UFC 264

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Conor McGregor’s Coach John Kavanagh has expressed his thoughts on the UFC 264 fight between Conor Mcgregor and Dustin Poirier, which ended as Conor broke his foot after the first round.

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At UFC 264 Conor Mcgregor and Dustin Poirier fought each other in their trilogy fight after the previous two fights ending with each of them winning one of those fights. The fight started with Conor landing some good leg kicks and punches, it was followed up by Dustin taking Conor down who tried to lock in a guillotine choke but was unsuccessful in that. Dustin landed some amazing ground and pound and then let Conor up. In the very last seconds of the fight, Conor broke his foot at a weird angle. The doctor came in and confirmed that it is a broken foot and waved off the fight. Dustin was awarded a first-round TKO win via doctor stoppage.

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According to Conor’s Coach John Kavanagh, he feels that the leg break was a result of a pre-existing injury that Conor had suffered leading up to the fight. He revealed this during an Instagram Q&A with Laura Sanko for Wimp 2 Warrior.

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“A little bit of that ankle injury had been aggravated during camp,” Kavanagh said. “We got a scan on it. Did that have a small part to play in weakening it? I don’t know. We were (with a doctor) a couple weeks ago to get a scan on the ankle. … There might’ve been something in there. It would seem unusual that a young, healthy, fit man could wrap his foot around an elbow and (break it) without there being something (wrong) there before. You can play those guessing games all day long.”

He also said that McGregor landed a kick to Poirier’s elbow in the final minute of the round, and that was the exact moment when the foot snapped.

“He throws a leg kick, and then he threw a teep,” Kavanagh said. “That’s clearly where the fracture happened. He threw an aggressive kick, Dustin shelled with the lead hand, and the foot wraps around the elbow in a similar fashion to (Anderson) Silva and (Chris) Weidman. They wrapped their foot around the shin, (McGregor) wrapped his shin around the elbow.”

John Kavanagh also felt that the fight was going good and heading into the second round Conor could have taken over the fight and maybe finished it sooner or later.

Conor McGregor's Coach John Kavanagh says Conor was on track to finishing Poirier at UFC 264 - kavanagh

“It was going fantastic,” Kavanagh said. “I thought he looked really, really good in there. … I wasn’t concerned at all. I was actually really, really happy. … At the 4:30 mark or even the 4:45 mark (of Round 1), everything is gravy. I thought energy looked good, technique looked good. A few adjustments in between rounds, and I thought Round 2 we were well on track to getting a finish there, or keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight.

“Credit to Dustin. He won. It’s an unfulfilling end to the night. … It doesn’t feel properly finished. (There was no) closure.”

What do you guys think of this assessment by Conor Mcgregor’s coach John Kavanagh?

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