Conor McGregor is busy living his best life in the United States right now.
Aside from promoting his whiskey empire, ‘The Notorious’ was also seen training at an MMA camp in Atlanta, sparking rumours that he already left his longtime coach John Kavanagh and SBG Ireland…
For his role in the infamous UFC 229 post-fight brawl, McGregor was slapped with a six-month suspension retroactive to the day of the ugly fracas, which will sideline him until April.
The UFC has yet to book its biggest draw for his next outing, but the Irishman already revealed that he would be returning this July.
Following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October in his highly-awaited Octagon return, there were rumours of him leaving the Straight Blast Gym and switching up to another camp.
McGregor added more fuel to the fire after he posted a photo of him training at American Top Team. But his teammate, Artem Lobov, has downplayed these talks, insisting Conor is still with SBG.
In early February, Conor McGregor shocked the MMA world after he posted of a photo of his training session with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and head coach Roan ‘Jucao’ Carneiro at American Top Team’s Atlanta gym., which sparked talks that the Irishman is no longer with John Kavanagh’s SBG Ireland.
However, Carneiro was quick to dismiss the rumours, saying McGregor was just looking for a place to train on that day of their rolling session.
“He [McGregor] was like ‘hey man, you want to roll?’ I said ‘of course man, why not?’ Then we do one roll, five minutes and then the second roll, another five.”
“And then the third, I have to be honest, it was my first training [session] after my [last] fight so I gassed a little bit. He’s like, ‘come on man, let’s go, one more, one more.’”
“Then he wanted championship rounds, so then we rolled for five, five-minute rounds. He liked a lot. We exchanged experience. I showed him some tricks.”
“I just left my door open for him, whenever he wants to come, he is going to be welcomed.”
“He changed what I thought about him — super nice guy, so respectful, I only have good things to tell about him.” (Quotes from The Body Clock)
Still With SBG
McGregor has yet to comment on these rumours, though it is still unclear when he will return to Ireland.
In a recent interview with Jason Kindschy on BJPENN.COM Radio, Conor’s teammate, Artem Lobov, provided details on the real score between SBG and the former two-division champ.
“No, Conor is still with us, we are all still a part of SBG.”
“The thing is that many of the SBG fighters that have kind of retired now or whatever, they have opened their own SBG gyms.”
“So we all will often train not only at the main SBG but other SBG gyms.”
‘For example, Peter Queally opened SBG Naas and that’s a great facility, so Conor and many of us would often train there.”
“There’s SBG D24 with Paddy Holohan; we’ve got many SBGs now so as a result, it may seem sometimes that we’re not all there at SBG HQ, but we still are all a part of SBG.”
9Featured Image Source: Instagram/Artem Lobov and Conor McGregor)