Thursday 14 December 2017

'Couldn't be prouder of my kid brother' - John Kavanagh's praise for defeated Conor McGregor

Tom Rooney

Like his most famous pupil, John Kavanagh was utterly magnanimous following last night’s shock submission loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196.

Similar to just about everyone except Diaz and his camp, Kavanagh had predicted that McGregor would dispatch of his veteran opponent with ruthless efficiency.

Diaz had taken the fight on short notice and was also facing one of the most elite strikers in the sport, and was thought to be lamb headed for slaughter.

However, after McGregor had seized control early on, the Californian rallied and ended up finishing the fight with the one facet of MMA nobody disputed he was stronger than the Dubliner; grappling.

A Brazilian jiu jitsu (BJJ) black belt, Diaz notched off the ninth submission win of his UFC career when forcing McGregor to tap from a rear naked choke in the second round.

McGregor was quick to applaud Diaz’s performance and vowed to return from his first defeat in almost six years, as was Kavanagh, whose speciality also happens to be BJJ. He took to took to social media to laud not only the fighter he’s trained for over a decade but also the man who defeated him in front of heaving crown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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