It was not to be Conor McGregor’s night at UFC 196 on March 5, and that’s due to a number of reasons even before the fight went down. First off the chance of winning a second title was taken off the table as lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos dropped out 11 days prior to the card.

The Brazilian had broken his foot in training, and the race for McGregor’s opponent was brief, as the UFC decided on Nate Diaz at welterweight. Then came the night of the fight, and it was exciting, but not what ‘The Notorious’ had hoped for.


Diaz defeated McGregor in a storm of punches, a wildly entertaining fight, and eventually finished with a picture perfect submission. The rear naked choke forced the tap from ‘The Notorious,’ handing the featherweight champion his first loss under the UFC banner.


Many fans of McGregor have argued that his added weight to make 170 pounds hindered his stamina, and also that he may not have had sufficient time to train for Diaz’s style. For the first time since the fight went down last weekend on March 5, McGregor’s coach and SBG (Straight Blast Gym) founder John Kavanagh has given his opinion.

Here’s why John Kavanagh thought Conor McGregor lost to Nate Diaz…

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