John Kavanagh, head coach of Conor McGregor, is one of the best at throwing backhanded compliments at future opponents. Less than 24 hours after McGregor vs. Nate Diaz was announced as the new main event of UFC 196 and coach Kavanagh is already launching verbal darts in the direction of Stockton, California. Like an unexpected nunchuk to the face Kavanagh doesn’t seem to impressed with Diaz’s brand of slap boxing.
In an article written for The 42 Kavanagh described what the last few days have been like for camp McGregor.
“Apparently he sustained the injury in training last Friday. I assume he gave himself the weekend to see if he could put weight on it, but obviously it didn’t heal. On Tuesday morning, a few other names were put forward as potential replacements. The response from Conor was as you’d expect: “It doesn’t matter, they’re all the same.”
Kavanagh would go on to even throw some shade at other UFC featherweight contenders while he was at it
“I did find it somewhat interesting, however, that Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar both turned it down. I seem to recall them insisting quite recently that they were willing to fight Conor “any time and any place”. Obviously they forgot to mention that 5 March in Las Vegas was an exception.”
But what about McGregor’s new opponent at UFC 196? How does Kavanagh feel about Diaz’s striking versus McGregor’s stand-up style?
“The Diaz brothers are known for walking through shots but Nate doesn’t quite have Nick’s ability to absorb punishment. It’s a different ball-game when you face somebody who has been striking for their entire life, as opposed to a wrestler who’s still trying to develop their striking. I think it will be an early night for Nate.”
Shots fired. So many questions heading into UFC 196 when ninja meets ninja inside a cage. If McGregor versus Diaz remains on the feet how will Conor handle Nate’s pressure? What about McGregor’s movement versus Diaz’s charging? UFC 196 that’s what’s up.