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Chael Sonnen Says Conor McGregor’s Coach Doesn’t “Get It”, Mishandled Issues With UFC

Kelsey Mowatt

Conor McGregor

It remains to be seen when Conor McGregor will be booked for his next fight, and according to Chael Sonnen, the Irish star’s head coach is partially to blame.

Over the last couple of weeks, McGregor has been dominating headlines once again, due to a spat with the UFC. The featherweight champ informed the company that he wasn’t willing to do all the promotional appearances they had planned for UFC 200, and McGregor was axed from the card.

When news of the rift broke, McGregor made it clear he was standing his ground. But, not long after, his coach John Kavanagh started calling on fans to petition the UFC to have McGregor – Nate Diaz II reinstated for July 9th. Well, according to Sonnen, that was the wrong move.

Recently the retired fighter had this to say about Kavanagh on “Beyond the Fight” (quotes via Bloody Elbow.com):

“His coach cannot be putting anything out about him ever. Period. Ever. Because he doesn’t get it. Respectfully, coach Kavanagh, You don’t get it. You don’t get it! Your student does. He gets it. Conor knows what’s going on. Every time you talk and think you’re helping him, you’re not. You’re hurting the cause. You have to stop! Conor cannot put a post saying ‘money made, bills paid, game slayed, your move,’ which means ‘I do not care what happens, I’m handled either way. It’s your move.’ He can’t do that and three days later have you come out saying hey fans, please petition and get him back. You can’t do it! It’s never good for a trainer or manager to do this. Whether it comes from a good place or not, you look like you’re trying to get paid…”

That’s an interesting way of looking at it. Only Dana White and UFC brass truly know whether they were ever thinking about granting McGregor’s request, or, meeting him half way. Now it looks like they’re at a bit of a stand still. White has said McGregor could fight as early as UFC 201, but we haven’t heard anything from the latter.

UFC 200 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Daniel Cormier – Jon Jones II will headline.

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