Conor McGregor has not fought in nearly a year thanks to an ACL injury but his coach John Kavanagh insists that his fighter is better than ever. McGregor takes on Diego Brandao Saturday night in Dublin in the UFC 46 main event and Kavanagh recently told MMA Fighting that the brash fighter is worlds away from where he was when he last fought and beat Max Holloway.
"Now I look at Conor sparring, I look at him moving around. I actually recently watched his fight with Max Holloway about a week ago - I hadn't looked at it since August and I watched it again. He actually looked very basic in that fight compared to who he is now," he said.
"I said to Conor, if you get in the ring with that Conor, he's not going to survive a round with you. His grappling his improved hugely, and in that fight I thought he was experimenting with a lot of new kicks. Now he's mastered them. He's knocking out people with them rather than just trying them."
As for the possibility of McGregor having to shake off ring rust come fight night, the coach was dismissive. "I believe it's right what he's saying: Ring rust is an excuse for those who do this part-time," he said.
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