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Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh once revealed that he had to 'beat the s**t' out of 'The Notorious' for one specific reason.
McGregor announced his UFC retirement last weekend and has left a lasting legacy as one of the promotion's biggest box-office draws.
But the former 'Champ-champ' started off on the wrong foot with Kavanagh when he floored women's division fighter Aisling Daly during one of his first-ever sparring sessions.
Kavanagh recounted the story to the Irish Independent in 2016 and explained how he stepped in.
"It sounds worse than it was. He wasn't hitting her in the head or anything, but just happened to throw a body shot that hit her in the sweet spot, the solar plexus, and put her down.
"I got a little emotional because Ash had been with me a long time and the other guys would look after her. But this new guy had come in and put her down, and my protective nature kicked in.
"I was still fighting at that stage, or hadn't stopped that long, so I put the gloves on... actually, he has corrected me on that and says it was bare knuckles. But I held him down and beat the s**t out of him, without putting too fine a point on it."
He then went on to say he issued an ultimatum to McGregor, who as you can imagine settled down.
"I kept hitting him in the body until he couldn't breathe and then I looked at him: 'What's it going to be? We can train or we can fight?' And he was OK from the next day."
It's safe to say that the intense meeting went perfectly for both men as they've gone on to achieve unbelievable success.
McGregor's retirement announcement shocked the MMA world and he explained to Ariel Helwani thtat the game 'doesn't excite him anymore'.
"The game just does not excite me and that's that," he begun.
"All this waiting around. There's nothing happening.
"I'm going through opponent options, an there's nothing really there at the minute. That's nothing that's exciting me.
"They should have just kept the ball rolling."
Featured Image Credit: Conor McGregor & John Kavanagh/Instagram
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