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Coach John Kavanagh is Not Impressed With the UFC After They Failed to Put Money in their Pockets to Look After Him…

Oh, I sense a bit of entitlement here. John Kavanagh, best known for being Conor McGregor’s head coach has deleted an angry tweet that he published yesterday, attacking the UFC. The Irishman is basically not happy that the company isn’t paying his expenses to attend the Ultimate Fighter Finale this weekend.

Should they though? He’s going to corner two of his fighters, SBG Dublin’s Richie Smullen and Canada’s Brad Katona. It’s a well-known fact in MMA that fighters pay for their corners out of their own expense. Kavanagh wasn’t having that.

It seems like he’s been spending a little too much time around ‘The Notorious,’ and when his star pupil isn’t here he doesn’t get what he wants. Kavanagh must have realized the futility of his argument because he deleted his tweet soon after publishing it. Don’t worry though, we’ve got a screenshot of it for you here.

Screenshot: Twitter.


Welcome to the real world, Mr. Kavanagh. Most fighters don’t have $100 million sitting in the bank, minus legal expenses. Depending on the contract situation of individual competitors, most fighters will pay for their teams to be in their corner, as well as for accommodation, food, and all the rest of it. Kavanagh wasn’t happy. He wrote:

“i guess times hard at @ufc just messaged me to say they cant collect me from airport so need to make my own way to hotel. even though i’ve a @UltimateFighter finalist and undercard guy on friday. also paid for my own flight/hotel as they only cover 1 warm up each #prayforUFC”


On a night when Stipe Miocic fights Daniel Cormier, Max Holloway takes on Brian Ortega, and Francis Ngannou faces off against Derrick Lewis, does Kavanagh really think the UFC cares whether or not he is there? It’s really Smullen and Katona’s responsibility, but they probably can’t afford the five-star treatment just yet.

Who can forget the time former UFC heavyweight and current Bellator competitor Timothy Johnson created a GoFundMe page, to fly members of his corner to Rio De Janeiro after sponsors let him down? Current lightweight Paul Felder had to resort to similar measures as well – and he commentates for the UFC!

Conor McGregor with John Kavanagh. Mandatory Credit: USA TODAY Sports.

Two Tier

What Kavanagh has inadvertently done is reveal the depth of inequality in the UFC. Sure, every promotion has its stars, but for him to think that as a cornerman and coach he’s entitled to better treatment than his fighters is a little bit ridiculous.

As of yet, there has been no response from the UFC to Kavanagh, who has since withdrawn the tweet. Expect Dana White to say something like, “that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.” Agreed. The UFC spend money where they don’t have to?

If Kavanagh wants personal drivers and hotels paid for by the UFC, he should be actively encouraging McGregor back into the octagon. It seems highly likely that he’ll be back in action around October time… to face the Eagle, Khabib Nurmagamedov.

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