Less than a week removed from UFC 229’s headline-grabbing brawl, John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor’s head coach, has had his say on the postfight antics.
With Khabib Nurmagomedov securing a fourth-round rear-naked choke on McGregor in the main event, Khabib almost immediately scaled the Octagon to fight another of McGregor’s cornermen in Dillon Danis.
While the ugly scenes continued outside of the cage, McGregor himself became embroiled in a brawl of his own as two of Khabib’s team began to tee off on the defeated Irishmen.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured in the aftermath but speaking on the Joe Rogan Podcast, Kavanagh played down the events and even asked for leniency on Nurmagomedov’s part:
“I hope they (The Nevada State Athletic Commission) are lenient on him (Nurmagomedov),” said Kavanagh. “Not just so we can get a rematch. I love watching him fight. I can stretch myself to understand his reaction. I can’t stretch myself to understand [his teammates] reactions. For Khabib, it’s not the end of the world.”
The SBG-Ireland coach would, however, offer up his confusion as to why Khabib specifically targeted Danis.
“[Danis] actually didn’t say anything,” Kavanagh revealed. “I was standing beside Dillon. I didn’t see what he did but I could hear. He didn’t say anything. When I watched it back I seen him kind of beckon [Nurmagomedov] on. It’s just stupid end of fight stuff. But it didn’t justify that level of response. Maybe there was something else in the build up. Dillon is a little bit of a troll online. But, like I said, it wasn’t that big of a deal to me what Khabib did. It just really wasn’t.”