Conor McGregor suffered the fourth defeat of his MMA career against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
The Irishman was outclassed by his Russian opponent, eventually submitting to a rear naked choke in the fourth round.
McGregor was competing in his first UFC fight in nearly two years, and he deserves respect for taking on a fighter as talented as Nurmagomedov in his comeback bout.
But he was made to look significantly inferior as he suffered his second loss in four fights.
Nurmagomedov is the better grappler but it was thought that McGregor would dominate the exchanges on the feet.
But that wasn’t necessarily the case. The Eagle dropped McGregor with a brilliant right-hand punch in the second round.
The Notorious wants a rematch with Nurmagomedov but there was such a disparity between the two fighters in Las Vegas that many believe someone else, possibly Tony Ferguson, deserves a shot at the lightweight title.
Does McGregor need a new coach?
It leaves McGregor’s immediate future pretty unclear.
In order to return to the heights that he achieved in 2016, when he became the first man to hold titles in two weight classes simultaneously, some believe that McGregor must make a coaching switch.
John Kavanagh has been McGregor’s long-term MMA coach. And he’s now having to respond to suggestions that Mystic Mac should find another trainer in order to progress.
Kavanagh hit back at Twitter user @flashesofsteel, who suggested that McGregor move on from Kavanagh and Owen Roddy, his striking coach.
“Yes from beginner to 2 weight world champ in 2 organisations. Complete failure 😂,” he wrote.
The UFC fan then said he saw “regression not progression” from McGregor, adding that changing camps could be the best option for the Dubliner.
“Yeah f*** almost 15 years of daily bleeding and sweating together,” Kavanagh responded.
“F*** loyalty. Go somewhere new and try get that type of bond again in a camp in a few weeks to learn some secret unknown single leg defence.
“Fml some people are clueless."
Passionate stuff from Kavanagh.
McGregor needs someone who’s devoted to making him a champion again, and that’s what he’s got in Kavanagh.