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John Kavanagh believes Conor McGregor’s isolated training in boxing will help him when he returns to the Octagon following his polarizing bout with Floyd Mayweather.

In an interview with, the SBG head coach revealed that McGregor has been doing four times more training for his boxing bout than he usually would when he preparing to fight in MMA.

“Without going into too much detail – just to throw a number at you – we’re doing four times the amount of sparring for this camp than we would do for a regular MMA camp,” Kavanagh said.

“That’s a huge amount of extra rounds. Whatever other parts you get ready for a fight whether it’s boxing or MMA, without doubt the most important part of that is sparring. That’s the sport. So you can be doing movement drills and weight lifting and running and all of these different things that go with it but number one should be sparring, as long as it’s sensible.”

Although some have concerns that time away from MMA could affect McGregor’s skillset should he return to the Octagon, Kavanagh expects training an isolated skillset to have a “positive effect” on his MMA game.

“It’s a learning experience. You don’t get to do this too often, where you immerse yourself in one style. I read somewhere that people were saying that this would have a negative effect on Conor when he goes back to MMA; I think it’s only going to have a positive effect. When else could you shelve everything and focus on one art?

“Whatever about the other arts in MMA, Conor came from boxing and boxing was always in his heart. He was always showing me different boxing fights over the years, so now that he really gets to immerse himself in it and drag us all deep into that rabbit hole with him it is fascinating.”

Kavanagh reiterated his previous comments, insisting that it is “simpler” to prepare for a boxing contest as opposed to an MMA bout.

“I get in trouble when I say this, but I’m saying it’s simpler because there are just less skills involved as opposed to getting ready for mixed martial arts, boxing is just one element (of mixed martial arts).

“When you’re boxing for MMA you don’t go into the same detail as you do when you’re boxing for boxing sake. However, it is just one in a myriad of skills that you need for MMA. It’s simpler, but then on the flip side it’s interesting because you get to really delve deep into what boxing is.”

The jiu-jitsu black belt revealed that McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, is responsible for putting together McGregor’s game plan for the undefeated boxer.

“I’d have to say right off the bat that it’s Owen Roddy that deserves the credit for putting together the game plan for this one. I’m playing a role in it but I’ve just been sitting back and watching Owen,” stated Kavanagh.

“Owen and Conor have been with me since they were 16 or 17 coming up with plans and playing around with different martial arts and techniques and strategies. Just watching the two of them bounce ideas off each other, whatever it is, 10 or 11 years later, it’s a very proud moment.”

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, was supposed to be enjoying one of the best days of her life, as longtime boyfriend Travis Browne was on his way to ask for her hand in marriage.

Instead, it was one of the worst.

That’s because “Rowdy” was the victim of a home invasion, where most of her personal belongings were stolen. In fact, squatters had the temerity to sleep in her bed while she was gearing up for a trip to New Zealand.

From her appearance on Kelly & Ryan (transcribed by MMA Weekly):

“We stopped by the house right before we were going to go to the airport and he was going to sneak away and go ask my mom for permission but right when we got to the house, we realized we were robbed,. Someone had been squatting in my house for like three days, sleeping in my bed. [They] stole my Olympic rings, stole my guns, stole all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house, credit cards.”

According to Rousey, the suspects were “little punks” from the nearby skatepark and after a confrontation with Browne, police were able to nab the perpetrators, though no word yet if it was the same group responsible for this.

Rousey has not been seen since her technical knockout loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last December. Unfortunately for mixed martial arts (MMA) fans, there was no indication of when “Rowdy” will find her way back to the Octagon.

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Posted: July 5, 2017 in General News

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Matt Hughes continues to show improvement after being airlifted to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Hughes, 43, was struck by an oncoming train after trying to cross the tracks in his pick-up truck. How or why the UFC hall-of-famer ended up in that situation remains unclear at this time, but the investigation is ongoing.

“Matt is off the ventilator and showing some small signs of improvement,” sister Beth Ulrici Hughes wrote on Facebook (via MMA Fighting). “There are some stories and comments out there that are exaggerated. Please don’t believe everything you hear or read. This is going to be a long journey for his recovery.”

The extent of his injuries, as well as the longterm effects, have yet to be determined.

Despite his retirement a few years back, Hughes — perhaps best known for his trilogies with Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn — was contemplating a return to mixed martial arts (MMA)earlier this year and was still employed with UFC up until last fall.

Expect much more on this developing story as the details become available.


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Posted: September 21, 2013 in General News
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