Are you sure, John Kavanagh? Dustin Poirier’s coach fires back at Conor McGregor’s cornerman after claiming he was ‘very happy’ with the Irishman’s first round at UFC 264…despite being 10-8 behind TWO judges’ scorecards
- Mike Brown has fired back at Conor McGregor’s coach after recent comments
- McGregor, 33, fell to third defeat in four fights after losing again at UFC 264
- The Irishman spent most of the first round teased by Dustin Poirier
- However, John Kavanagh claimed he was ‘very happy’ with McGregor’s display
- Brown advised his colleague to check the judges’ first round scorecards
Dustin Poirier’s coach has commented on John Kavanagh’s stance that Conor McGregor was on his way to victory at UFC 264 for his brutal leg fracture, telling his coaching counterpart to check the judges’ scorecards.
The Irishman promised revenge but ended the night on a stretcher after he was pummeled in a one-sided first round in Las Vegas, culminating in McGregor breaking his leg in the closing seconds of the opening five minutes.
Poirier, 32, landed some sharp shots to the feet and dominated on the ground when McGregor’s only shot at victory came via an unlikely submission attempt via the guillotine.
Dustin Poirier’s coach, Mike Brown (third from left) has fired back at John Kavanagh’s UFC 264 claim
The Diamond gave Conor McGregor his third UFC defeat of four in Las Vegas this month maand
The former two-weight world champion is typically a quick starter, while Poirier has a tendency to grow in fights. However, The Diamond got off to a quick start, and the fight seemed to be going in one direction before the Doctor stopped.
Despite this, McGregor’s trusted coach Kavanagh claimed he was “very happy” with the first round and that he was “not at all concerned” about the abuse McGregor took on.
I wasn’t worried at all, I was actually very, very happy,” Kavanagh told Laura Sanko.
The former twoweight world champion broke his leg in the dying second of the first round
Poirier had dominated most of the first five minutes with some vicious ground and pound
‘Everything is gravy at half past three. Energy looked good, technology looked good. A few adjustments between rounds and I thought we were on the right track to finish there or at least continue, keep the rhythm for the rest of the fight.”
Kavangh’s perspective on the fight has led to criticism of the SBG head coach, with UFC legend Michael Bisping calling on McGregor to “fire him immediately.”
And Mike Brown, the US top team chief, has responded to Kavanagh’s stance, instructing his coach counterpart to look at the judges’ scorecards to understand where the fight was headed.
However, McGregor’s coach said he was ‘not at all concerned’ by Poirier’s dominance
Brown (L) has told Kavanagh to look at the judges’ scores to see where the fight was headed
All three judges Dustin Poirier had scored the first round in favor of Dustin Poirier
“It’s not just someone’s opinion, we’re talking about the judges’ scorecards,” Brown said MMA fighting. “We had two of the judges who had a 10-8 round. So I don’t know how anyone would approve of that.’
Poirier v McGregor III took a nasty turn with the pleasantries of their Fight Island scrap let down when the Irishman returned to his bin.
However, McGregor’s comments in the run-up – in which he described Poirier as a “corpse” and also made disrespectful comments about his wife – did not sit well with Poirier’s camp.
Poirier led 10-8 on two scorecards for McGregor’s bizarre leg injury in Sin City
“I’m not sure what it is, but he’s seen much sharper with his tongue in the past,” Brown said of McGregor’s trash talk. “Maybe he’s in a tough spot, I don’t know what it is, but it also looks like he’s out of lines. Where he used to have few lines, some are ethnic but more lines. But they seem to have disappeared.
He doesn’t seem to be quite the same fighter, both in the ring and in promotion. I’m not sure what it is, but there seems to be something else.”
McGregor is expected to be sidelined for at least 12 months after his horror injury, while Poirier will challenge Charles Oliveira for the lightweight title.