Conor McGregor’s coach opens up on UFC 257 training camp as Dustin Poirier rematch nears

SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh has opened up on Conor McGregor’s preparations for his return to the Octagon. The UFC’s first simultaneouss two-division champion is closing in on a January return to the cage.

Ireland’s first UFC champion has accepted a rematch with former featherweight rival Dustin Poirier, who he’s on course to throw down with in the main event of UFC 257.

McGregor has been hard at work in preparation for his return to the cage, which he originally wanted to take place before the end of the year.

As has been the case from his very first professional fight, Kavanagh has been overseeing preparations for the Irishman’s second meeting with Poirier.

And Kavanagh is liking what he’s seeing of his most-famous student’s latest training camp.

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Watching @TheNotoriousMMA do MMA rounds lately has been a real joy and education

Conor McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh

On Friday night, the SBG Ireland chief tweeted: “Watching @TheNotoriousMMA do MMA rounds lately has been a real joy and education.

“Fluidity of movement with elite level timing and skill. Dustin has improved so much since first meeting, Conor has improved much more imo.

“To see them hydrated & healthy at 170 will be fascinating.”

Kavanagh’s tweet soon came to attention of former interim lightweight champion Poirier, who responded with a sword emoji.

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And after seeing Poirier’s response, Kavanagh replied: “Will be an honour to stand across the cage from you again.”

“Enjoy your Christmas Dustin, lash that cranberry sauce on the turkey,” Kavanagh added. “See you hydrated, glycogen loaded and healthy at 170 in January.

“Stick to your guns young man, let’s do something special. Also work on that pull tendency, I’m sure you know what I mean.”

At this moment in time, all that remains for McGregor vs Poirier II to come to fruition is for the pair to sign their respective contracts.

“He said yes and Dustin said yes,” UFC president Dana White said on Friday evening. “Now it’s a matter of getting contracts signed. You know.

“Listen, we’ve had a very good relationship with [Jerry] Jones for a long time and talked about Dallas stadium forever.

“I’m not going into any arena where we’re going to fill a quarter of an arena or half an arena or any of that stuff. When crowds are ready to come back, we’ll do crowds again.”

Should McGregor and Poirier sign on the dotted line, their meeting will be a rematch of their UFC 178 showdown, which took place six years ago at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

That night was a short one at the office for ‘The Notorious’, who announced himself as a featherweight contender with a devastating first-round TKO victory.

Former 145 and 155lb champion McGregor, 32, hasn’t fought since his 40-second demolition of Donald Cerrone in January.

Fan favourite Poirier, meanwhile, hasn’t competed since his gruelling five-round war with Dan Hooker in July, which he won via unanimous decision.

UFC 257 has yet to be officially announced, although mixed martial arts’ premier promotion is set to reveal their 2021 schedule in the coming weeks.

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