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Conor McGregor's manager refutes claim he was barred from LA gym before Jose Aldo bout

Published 17/12/2015 | 11:57

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Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor's manager Audie Attar has rubbished claims made by UFC heavyweight fighter Fabricio Werdum that the Irishman had requested to train at Kings MMA gym in LA to prepare for his fight with Jose Aldo at UFC 194.

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"Conor McGregor wanted to train with us there," Werdum said in a media scrum before McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo after 13 seconds in teh fastest UFC title fight of all time.

"No way. Imagine us against Jose Aldo, our friend? We're 100 percent with Aldo, the entire Kings MMA. There was a moment when someone said 'Well, Conor wants to train with you'. I had no answer.

"His manager asked Rafael, and master closed (the door) right away. No way he would train with us here. If he came, it would be to train with us for a few days, and yes, 100 percent, he wouldn't be able to fight. It would be dangerous because we would break him."

Attar said there was no foundation to the story despite the fact that the claim was repeated by UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

"That is not true," Attar told MMAFighting.com. "Only contact we ever made to Kings was someone from my office had called there to see if Uriah Hall can train there, but no one called us back on Uriah.

"Never would've or could've called for Conor as he doesn't train with anyone else other than his coach John Kavanagh and his own teammates he brings in. He keeps his circle small, so this is someone making things up and feeding lies to Werdum.

"Kings is down the street from our offices in Orange County and I have the utmost respect for Rafael and that camp, but this just isn't true."

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