John Kavanagh prefers Conor McGregor to keep fighting at 170 pounds | Ariel Helwani's MMA Show

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On Ariel Helwani's MMA Show, SBG Ireland and Conor McGregor's head coach John Kavanagh discusses what he thought of McGregor's main-event knockout of Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone. He says he wants McGregor to also fight again quickly, but he'd be surprised if it wasn't before the summer. If anything, Kavanagh said he would want McGregor to fill in for Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov. Kavanagh also gives his stance on whether McGregor should fight Jorge Masvidal and Justin Gaethje as well.
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Jan 20, 2020




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King JD
King JD Month ago
I'm a fan of Conor, and I just come to think of it. If anyone can reach Coach K or Conor that read this. Can you tell them the idea of making Conor's own book, with his quotes and things about his mentality, dedication, view on wealth, life, things like that. Since Coach Kavanagh has his book, I don't think that making Conor's own is impossible right?
Dave Mendo
Dave Mendo 6 months ago
Great message at the end. John K is the man!
Adam S
Adam S 6 months ago
Kavanagh looks like Tom Hardy
Rahim Floki
Rahim Floki 7 months ago
Great man, great coach!
MMA GURU Bloopers
MMA GURU Bloopers 8 months ago
Anyone been to UFC before ...what's the best seats for view Vs price ?
Kyla 8 months ago
With out Kavanagh. Conor wouldn’t be where he is today. In his teens Conor double crossed his coach Kavanagh. Kavanagh didn’t want nothing to do with Conor, too ashamed of his actions Until........
Kyla 8 months ago
You can be a fighter but without a reputable Club backing you & organising professional fights on you’re behalf, you’re just another street fighter
Juggling Taxi Famous
Ariel Helwains MMA Show John Kavanagh interview abut Conor McGregor, I know he want’s to fight Khabib, I think Khabib should fight at T 170 . I apologize John Kavanagh, got a little exited, me to it only in respect.. Just like John said take a risk, I did that day with John.
Roman Kresne
Roman Kresne 8 months ago
Meanwhile Khabib is cutting from 190 to 145 just to choke small guys and being undefeated :D
Mike Cowboy
Mike Cowboy 8 months ago
I préfer him to retire. hé is bad for thé sports with is t rash talking and no respect for is opponent
Alex Emery
Alex Emery 8 months ago
John ur awesome. Take care brother.
Youssef Zaharna
Youssef Zaharna 8 months ago
Cowboy level changed up before Conor sprawled. Cowboy had no intention of completing a take down
Tom A
Tom A 8 months ago
Conor is 5ft 7, and he’s going to fight 6ft 2 170 pounders? Cmon
ProgrammingWithSid 8 months ago
Tony Ferguson is the type of guy to tell Gary V. to create daily content
Richard Kovacs
Richard Kovacs 8 months ago
Mcgregor is back and suddenly everybodys value went down 200%. Masvidal didnt get the expected interaction from conor. Instead he stod there in a robe conor used long ago and looked like a psyko. Lmfao
Jon Gurniak
Jon Gurniak 8 months ago
It must of been easy for Conor to be so good against such an underwhelming opponent.
Grady Whitman
Grady Whitman 8 months ago
This guys delusional if he thinks Conor can bang with legit welters...Usman, Woodley, Masvidal etc, those guys walk around near 200lbs, they would literally walk through him.
King Richard
King Richard 8 months ago
Conor is lucky to have John. And John is lucky to have Conor.
wheelmanstan 8 months ago
his coach wants him to fight knock-out artists at 170? wow
Josh Hernandez
Josh Hernandez 8 months ago
nitla asalp
nitla asalp 8 months ago
Boring boring boring
nitla asalp
nitla asalp 8 months ago
Conor fighting at 170 stupid and boring and very desperate on ufc part
patrick pilkington
patrick pilkington 8 months ago
John Kavanagh is the best. True Irish indomitable spirit and love of life. He looks like the cat who swallowed the canary as if he’s living a life he never expected to live. God Bless you John. America, Boston, the Boston Irish, we all love ya!☘️
Red Panda Music
Red Panda Music 8 months ago
Guys check out Punchlines Podcast for the exclusive Gaethje interview references here
jasmin chaudhari
jasmin chaudhari 8 months ago
John Kavanagh is a genius man.
Cameron Harouch
Cameron Harouch 8 months ago
What a coach ! What a personality 💪🏽❤
atávico 8 months ago
john kavanagh frusciante
PJ Mac Fadden
PJ Mac Fadden 8 months ago
Ariel " i'll ask the same question over and over again" Helwani
Serena Transistor Felix Archibald III
they are definitely tentative about accepting that Masvidal bout.
J G 8 months ago
A true legend.
Anakin Wayne
Anakin Wayne 8 months ago
John “Systems” Kavanagh
morris Laslo
morris Laslo 8 months ago
Connor beats a 4 and 3 over the last two years fighter in another weight class but passes Gaethje in the UFC 155lb rankings and no one is talking about this. Cerone didn't have to take a fall he's become a palooka.
Miguelangel Diaz
Miguelangel Diaz 8 months ago
I absolutely love how Ariel is trying to help make and in a way instigate the Conor vs Jorge fight. He knows what WE want !!
Fred Geller
Fred Geller 8 months ago
Say what you want about Conor but that man is loyal. Still with his day 1 crew even with all money and fame. Still with his day 1 woman too.
WeAreLive! 8 months ago
Tony Ferguson the type of guy to tell David Goggins to “stay hard” 😂
Joe Frisco
Joe Frisco 8 months ago
Connor fight at 170 will hopefully get us a 165$lb division
Joe Frisco
Joe Frisco 8 months ago
LEE BRANDON 8 months ago
the masvidal fight would be sweet yeah but it's always gonna be there. masvidal do your own thing man quick sweating other dudes. masvidal and usman need to fight. if masvidal wins the belt and defends it he will make millions. forge ur own path. conor should fight gaethje to dispose of the highest ranked LW then take on the khabib/ tony winner. perfect.
LEE BRANDON 8 months ago
tony and khabib will happen, it better. i don't want to see conor jump in at last minute i want him to have a full training camp to prepare for either guy. he's not gonna have a full training camp in hopes of something pulling out is he?? he should fight justin gaethje at 170 so all the people bitching will shut up and then fight the winner of khabib/tony. hopefully it's tony but i think khabib will smash tony.
ethnicAlbert 8 months ago
no one has ever got out of bed and got smacked by a bus. unless you sleep in the road
Shrute Farms
Shrute Farms 8 months ago
The most pleasant insightful man in MMA!! Love coach Kavanaugh!
Jay T
Jay T 8 months ago
Keep fighting at 170? Man idk if that's a smart choice. I say Conor should go back down to 155.
Kazushi Shaquraba
Kazushi Shaquraba 8 months ago
McGregor gets the underhook 1:42
Aaron Redding
Aaron Redding 8 months ago
Ariel plis shut up. Just accept the fight between Conor vs Gaethje. the two most entertaining fighters in the UFC
Buddy Evans
Buddy Evans 8 months ago
Love John
MrLewger 8 months ago
Conor got wrecked by a 155 wrestler, a 170 wrestler would be like a bear fighting a toddler.
James Jordan
James Jordan 8 months ago
Ariel is so beta
Nat Rfc
Nat Rfc 8 months ago
Shut up ya welsh Schmuk
The Zero Conditional
Great interview!
LR266 8 months ago
I agree Gaethje should be next but it should be at 155 pounds.
santanu malakar
santanu malakar 8 months ago
As we know Masvidal wants to fight Connor just for money ,its not about winning or losing its just money!!!but Connor has a vision towards belts , being champion again for respect!!In real Masvidal is too big for Connor as he needs to Cut weight but connor need not!!
Anonymous Tracks
Anonymous Tracks 8 months ago
I like the Gaethje fight for Conor but if he is serious about the 155lb belt then he should make the weight cut. I understand that they are both lightweights not making a weight cut but the weight cut is apart of the process. Just because he is Conor doesn’t mean he deserves that sort of special treatment. It’s not like Khabib can weigh in at 170 when he fights Tony in April. If he could it would make weight specific belts pointless!
Tiago Mota
Tiago Mota 8 months ago
Happy for you John!
wipemysmile 8 months ago
I guess welterweight fighters are more likely to take a big check and roll over for McRapist like cowgirl did.
StayTuned 8 months ago
best drake interview to date
Lduds 8 months ago
I couldn’t focus on anything other than the huge vein on john’s face
Sam Allen
Sam Allen 8 months ago
We want the 155lbs belt but want the competition at 170 In what world does that make sense
Seth Feroce
Seth Feroce 8 months ago
Such a lovable guy !
Soulware3D - Soulvex
Conor said something along the lines of "I'd kill that previous version of me".
Chris Shergie
Chris Shergie 8 months ago
Ecxept I dont think Justin cuts weight already and he still fights at 155...if thats true conors gonna have to bite the bullet and fight at 155.
i.e.m. 8 months ago
Conor should listen to his coach. He looked like a beast at 170. Even his shoulder strikes nearly KOed Cowboy. Normally they just annoy you. Conor looks explosive even at 170, fast and super-strong. The only problem I see Conor having in this division is against crotch-sniffer Usman who has the body of a middleweight. But if Conor lets his hands go, he will not let him get near him. I think he is more exciting at 170. Just my opinion.
I am the bored life 99
Masvidal is the fight
Ian Christensen
Ian Christensen 8 months ago
John Kavanagh>justin gaethje is my personal favorit!!! Yes Baby. Wanna see that fight
J Dizzle
J Dizzle 8 months ago
Conor is going to fight Barbie next then bambie.
2845 DoPe
2845 DoPe 8 months ago
Wtfuc*?! So he wants the belt at 155's Justin gaethje but he wants to fight the guy at 170 ?!
Troy R.
Troy R. 8 months ago
John and Conor are good dudes.
Vincent Salamatino
Vincent Salamatino 8 months ago
T Ferg better be walking in a bubble with arm3d security lol
BUD WHITE 8 months ago
No one seems to recognize the amount of dexterity McGregor displayed when he missed with the opening shot...brilliant midair footwork...truly tremendous...I hope he destroys Khabib in the rematch and exposes him and his whole camp for being complete hippocrites...
BUD WHITE 8 months ago
I see why John is so happy after seeing that Irish lassie on his lap...
Squelch 8 months ago
I wouldn’t fight any of ALIs fighter black ball them losers !! And make it ur show !!
Fight Insight
Fight Insight 8 months ago
2:55 The shoulder strikes are basically thrown with the force of jumping. He leaps with both feet. Also chaged his direction of force on Cowboy. Get hit with a bone like that and it does some damage.
Steve H
Steve H 8 months ago
Jiggity Jiggity POP!
Ryan Haskell
Ryan Haskell 8 months ago
Great interview.
hassan Waleed
hassan Waleed 8 months ago
John knows another Khabib Mauling is inevutable, stay at170 and fight bums like cowboy, there is no way he fights masvidal
sayed hasan
sayed hasan 8 months ago
Sorry, doesnt make sense to get a title shot at 155 without fighting contenders at 155, not 170. Khabib had to fight at 155lb back to back against poirier, iaquninta, barboza AND mcgregor.
Daryl Wright
Daryl Wright 8 months ago
Admitting in front of the world that he is continuously being denied marriage by his girlfriend. Ouch.
Iben T. Rollin
Iben T. Rollin 8 months ago
I've been a Masvidal fan since the backyard days but Conor not even acknowledging him when Jorge put so much thought into that moment 🤣😂🤣...if you don't like Conor I can't fux wit cha...🖕🏻
Peter Thiessen
Peter Thiessen 8 months ago
If it wasn't for Dana, Conner would have a hard time finding anyone to fight. Hunter's name is not what it used to be he went too far. For myself I would never pay $0.03 to see the guy forget that I'm not supporting him. He's back he already started trash talking again same old Connor he needs a complete makeover, that outside pretending to be humble forget it it's not working.
Arnold 9777
Arnold 9777 8 months ago
I know everyone wants to see a Khabib rematch or masvidal, but i feel like a fight with justin can be a great fight aswell. I would live to see conor clatter his head on the canvas
millhouse313 8 months ago
Conor and John truly love America
millhouse313 8 months ago
When Conor eats, EVERYONE eats
Merly Moreira
Merly Moreira 8 months ago
Merly Moreira
Merly Moreira 8 months ago
Because justin sucks on his feet we want masvidal
Edmund Nunan
Edmund Nunan 8 months ago
I'd prefer to see him against Justin first I think he needs another fight before he takes on masvidal and then get that dagastani rat
baisteescruncher 8 months ago
I much prefer Conor smashing guys like cerrone than the bigger fights. I am his biggest fan and even I recognise he is never gonna be as good as khabib or masvidal but he's the most entertaining when he fights the older guys on the roster like cerrone aldo alvarez
Nuka Cola
Nuka Cola 8 months ago
Conor should stay wherever Khabib isn't.... worked great Honda Lousey.
Johnbaddog Hellno
Johnbaddog Hellno 8 months ago
GREAT FIGHT well done John and team. Love it that Tony Robins becomes part of the team, yes Justine at that weight makes sense . Let Jorge fight the crotch sniffer usman first then go for Jorge who is one that Conor should Respect like Cowboy . Jorge is also a good guy let him get that rat Ali and the crotch sniffer out the way they are a waste of time for Conor , and that way Conor can challenge Jorge for the belt. I would be happy with Conor and a bad blood fight with Justine but more directed at Ali the rat.
R P 8 months ago
I couldn't agree more w/ Kavanagh on who Conor should fight next seeing as though there isn't a more deserving fighter than Gaethje to fight Conor next but where I don't agree & feel confused about is why you'd say that fight should be at 170lbs as opposed to 155lbs when Kavanagh says Conor still wants Khabib for the lightweight rematch which is at 155lbs then what would be the point of fighting Gaethje at 170lbs just to go right back down for the 155lb belt when Conor still has a chance at Khabib if Tony backs out which is still highly probable. I think Conor looks a lot better at 170 then he does 155 but it seems that McGregor rather not make the weight cut if he doesn't have to which makes sense but is he trying to stay at 170 or move back down to 155 for Khabib cause it seems like he'd rather stay at 170 which i think he realizes isn't in his best interest w/ Masvidal & Usman in his way
Jam Went
Jam Went 8 months ago
with all that money his teeth still look like hes close to his roots. Respect for not letting the money change him.
Samsquanch 123
Samsquanch 123 8 months ago
I love the idea of fighters fighting each other at a higher weight class if a title isn't involved
kakadots 8 months ago
Yes next fight for Conor should be vs the Gay-G guy, he hasn’t earned title shot just yet
Eli Ben haim
Eli Ben haim 8 months ago
Great Coach great human being just class
Colt Dogg
Colt Dogg 8 months ago
🤣🤣🤣 Khabib makes 55 too scary for him
volvofreak64 8 months ago
kavanagh has mad vampire teeth
Niall OFla
Niall OFla 8 months ago
Much respect to John as he’s a straight talker..!
Jordan Conde
Jordan Conde 8 months ago
McGregor vs Gaethje 170🤔🤑! Make it happen PLEASE 8:10!
dGloriousOne 8 months ago
Love that super important message at the end... Making sure he got that in! Shows the character of the man. Fantastic!
Dark Glass
Dark Glass 8 months ago
He's half cut lmao
Miles 8 months ago
Really curious if that knee after the first punch was an accident or planned out
alx100 8 months ago
I never thought that an Irish lad could be so charming until I met Coach Kavanagh
Sean Foley
Sean Foley 8 months ago
John is one of the most genuine and nicest people in UFC
Brandon Kilbride
Brandon Kilbride 8 months ago
John is an amazing individual.
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