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Conor McGregor was ‘well on track’ to ‘getting a finish’ against Dustin Poirier before his horror injury, coach John Kavanagh said.
He explained: “It was going fantastic. I thought he looked really, really good in there.
“I wasn’t concerned at all. I was actually really, really happy. At the 4:30 mark or even the 4:45 mark, everything is gravy.
“I thought energy looked good, technique looked good.
“A few adjustments in between rounds, and I thought round two we were well on track to getting a finish there, or keep the rhythm going for the rest of the fight.”
Kavanagh also believes McGregor is finally ‘peaking’ aged 33.
He added: “He truly loves this and it’s hard to imagine him not wanting to come back, not wanting to do this again.
“Because we really just got this fantastic rhythm.
“He’s turning 33, which to me is a peaking time where strength meets conditioning and mental and physical and spiritual maturity, everything’s coming together.
“I think we have a couple of years of this ahead of us.”
Finally, Poirier has been branded a ‘dirtbag’ by former team-mate Colby Covington for his post-fight celebrations.
Covington said: “I thought it showed the ‘charitable nice guy’, the true character of Poirier last night.
“He’s out there strutting in Conor’s face. Obviously, it was a fluke. Conor breaks his leg, it was a fluke decision ending.
“It wasn’t a knockout, it wasn’t a clear-cut decision, it wasn’t a submission.
“And the guy’s out there strutting in front of the guy’s face at his downfall when that guy made his career and did everything for Dustin to give him this big fight.”