CONOR McGREGOR’s trainer admitted he feared for the UFC legend’s mental health during his absence from the Octagon.
But head coach John Kavanagh was reassured after seeing a positive increase in McGregor’s training routine.
Kavanagh continued The MMA lesson: “Well, I was [worried about his mental health] I won’t lie either.
“But when I hear him today, he’s out there looking for this great group of training partners — at least that’s what he’s doing.”
“Hey, it’s not quite the same as competing in front of a big crowd, but at least he’s training, and that’s so important.
“We heard Volk talking about, ‘Keep me on my toes,’ and so on. So I’m happy to hear that he’s training hard with these guys.”
McGregor, 35, has been out of action since July 2021 when he broke his leg against Dustin Poirier, 34.
The Irishman is expected to return in April amid rumors of him headlining the historic UFC 300 card against 37-year-old American Michael Chandler.
But UFC president Dana White appeared to throw cold water on the idea when he announced McGregor’s return for the summer instead.
That means the former two-weight champion will have to wait even longer to finally get back in the cage and fight.
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Kavanagh said: “But look, and I told him this too – yeah, okay, it’s a setback when we hear that it was April but now it’s July, but it’s not the end of the world.”
“That’s a few more months. It’s not great. But hey, you’re enjoying training at the moment. Let’s just carry on like this.”
“But the sport exists compared to… well, I’m not going to try to make a comparison to other sports or whatever, but like our careers, we can do this over decades. “For fighters.”, is a short time.”