When assessing his performance against Nate Diaz at UFC 196, Conor McGregor always felt his inefficiency with his energy was what led to his second round loss that night. A month ago, he admitted that his body "almost went into shock", mid-fight.
In preparation for their rematch at UFC 202 on August 20th, the reigning featherweight champion has seemingly amped up his training, sparring with world champions in boxing and jiu-jitsu. Many believe that Diaz is simply on a different level compared to McGregor, but for SBG head coach John Kavanagh, his fighter simply "got tired."
"Too many power shots, got tired," Kavanagh said in a recent Persiscope session when asked about what he thought went wrong in the fight.
McGregor’s success in the UFC has been anchored on quick knockout finishes. But this time around, Kavanagh feels a later stoppage would be a better option for them.
"Four," Kavanaugh simply said, when asked about his prediction on which round he thinks McGregor would be winning the fight.
As for going back to featherweight, Kavanagh gave an open-ended response, but admitted that making the cut down to 145-pounds is "not easy."
"Let’s get this one (Diaz rematch) out of the way," he said.