Conor McGregor’s camp reacts after Notorious’ UFC 229 defeat

Conor McGregor’s father Tony and coach John Kavanagh have reacted to Notorious’ defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Irishman McGregor suffered a fourth round defeat to Russian Nurmagomedov on his first return to the Octagon since 2016.

He tapped out after Nurmagomedov grabbed him in a rear naked choke as he failed in his attempt to reclaim the UFC Lightweight title.

But the fight was marred by a brawl, which was instigated when Nurmagomedov leaped over the cage to attack McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis, before two of the Russian’s stablemates entered the Octagon and sucker punched the Irishman.

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McGregor’s coach Kavanagh stayed away from the Nurmagomedov scuffle and took to Twitter to give his thoughts on the night’s events.

Kavanagh tweeted: "Another historical night. Amazing atmosphere, technical fight with excitement all the way thru. All that makes MMA a great sport. Shame about the ending. On to the next one."

Conor McGregor’s dad Tony insisted he and his family were still "flying high" despite the loss.

Tony McGregor posted a picture of the Irish flag along with the message: "Still flying high,thanks for all the kind words”.

Tony had said before the fight: “Conor is in the best shape of his life.

“I’ve been speaking to the people in his camp and it’s his best camp so far, no question. It’s been incredible.

“Everyone has been blown away by the training. He’s in peak physical condition. His power is unbelievable.”

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