Magniloquent sound bite maestro and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) combatant Chael Sonnen shared his thoughts on the Conor McGregor saga; vituperatively pointing the finger at his longtime coach John Kavanagh, for thwarting what Sonnen believes was a carefully orchestrated stratagem by “The Notorious” in his attempts at swaying the aforementioned promotion into coming around to his way of thinking, videlicet. allowing him some leeway with regards to promotional duties which the featherweight champ deemed counterproductive to his fight preparations.

Per BloodyElbow:

“His coach cannot be putting anything out about him ever. Period. Ever. Because he doesn’t get it!” Sonnen said. “Respectfully, coach Kavanagh, You don’t get it. You don’t get it! Your student does. He gets it. Conor knows what’s going on.”

“Every time you talk and think you’re helping him, you’re not. You’re hurting the cause. You have to stop!”

One of Sonnen’s gripes was the way in which Kavanagh handled the fallout between employer and employee post McGregor’s retirement tweet (pointing out a tweet which the Hibernian had alluded to the fact he was set for life) — the Straight Blast Gym (SBG) coach took to Twitter to voice his disapproval at the way his charge had been treated, and also attempted to garner support for his UFC 200 reinstatement (McGregor was bounced from the event altogether), the latter of which Sonnen interpreted as a form of supplication.

“Conor cannot put a post saying ‘money made, bills paid, game slayed. Your move,’ which means ‘I do not care what happens, I’m handled either way. It’s your move.'” he said. “He can’t do that and three days later have you come out saying hey fans, please petition and get him back.”

“You can’t do it! It’s never good for a trainer or manager to do this. Whether it comes from a good place or not, you look like you’re trying to get paid,” he said. “If one guy is sitting there, and the whole hand he’s playing is ‘I got enough, I don’t need to do it. Won the title, got the money, don’t care, having a great life.’ If he’s playing that, that’s a pretty good hand! But you can’t show cracks in it.”

“You’re talking about UFC 200, UFC New York, and why we’re blacklisted. Wait a minute, I thought the game was slayed, the bills were paid, and the money was made? That was their move! Now you’re begging to get on a card??”

“You guys have got to get on the same page,” Sonnen continued. “You want to hustle some hustlers, you better believe you’ve got to be on the same page! You can’t have one guy say I don’t give a damn, and have his trainer say ‘boy, we sure would like to fight, can someone send some tweets in our favor?’ It doesn’t work!”

“Once there’s a crack, it’s unraveled, and the gig is up! You want to fight. You need the fight. The bills are not paid, the money is not made, and the game damn sure hasn’t been slayed,” he said. “That’s the reality. We all knew that, and it was cool when it came out, but your own guy outed you.”

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Nedu graduated from London Metropolitan University and has a Bachelor's Degree in Creative Writing and Media Studies. He is a fervent freelance writer/blogger and a wordsmith provocateur. His hobbies/interests are centred on MMA, Boxing, Football, Current Events and the Arts. He’s also a keen roller skater and marshals for the LFNS (London Friday Night Skate). "Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind". - George Orwell