In an interview with the Irish Independent, Conor McGregor’s coach, John Cavanagh, explained what happened when McGregor floored Aisling Daly during a one of his first sparring sessions at his gym.
‘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.
‘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.’