Following Conor McGregor’s win over Chad Mendes this past summer, it was revealed “Notorious” was dealing with a knee injury for much of his camp, but his coach says no such issues exist this time around.
Not long after McGregor took out Mendes at UFC 189, he and his coach John Kavanagh reported that the featherweight had injured his knee prior to the bout. It wasn’t until more recently, however, that McGregor started talking about how serious it was.
Due to how complicated knee injuries can be, and because McGregor had to undergo knee surgery in 2013, it’s certainly an issue to keep monitoring. In advance of McGregor’s December 12th, UFC 194 bout with featherweight champ Jose Aldo, Kavanagh recently wrote an article for the Irish publication, 42 IE. In it, the Straight Blast Gym founder had this to say about McGregor’s knee.
A knee injury Conor picked up ahead of the last fight was a big concern but that’s no longer a problem. In his current condition, there’s no need for surgery. That’s a last resort which won’t be necessary. Conor has built up the muscles which support the knee so it’s rock-solid now and he’s looking great. We’re coming to the end of a good training camp and there have been no issues whatsoever.
There you have it. Now would Kavanagh say if McGregor’s knee was wonky, and it could adversely affect his performance? No. No he wouldn’t, but hopefully both fighters are 100% healthy, or as close to that as you can be, prior to a fight.
UFC 194 will go down in Las Vegas, Nevada, in what is expected to be one of the biggest cards in the promotion’s history. McGregor and Aldo were scheduled to fight in July, but a rib injury forced the latter to withdraw.