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As soon as all this talk of Conor McGregor possibly fighting Eddie Alvarez went down, it was expected that the fighters are going to talk some trash. However, this time even the coaches got into it.

Mark Henry—who coaches Eddie Alvarez and Frankie Edgar among many others—started throwing verbal jabs at McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh.

Henry called Kavanagh the "Irish Edmond Tarverdyan" on Instagram, and at some point his own son got in on it, and things escalated so bad that Kavanagh blocked Henry on Twitter.

However, It looks like the coach-against-coach, international beef has been squashed

"We shook hands, I saw him; I think I was going in the hotel and he was going out. I didn't really get to talk to him, but I wished him well," Henry said while speaking with Severe MMA. "I wished him good luck on the fight and wished him well with his personal self. It's something that shouldn't have happened."

"I got a little bummed about even doing it. I really apologized to Conor," Henry said. "I deserved what he said yesterday [at the press conference]. There's no way a coach should talk about a fighter, I've never done it my whole career in coaching. It's not what I teach my kids, you know, to talk to people and disrespect on social media or otherwise. It's definitely not what I have taught the fighters I have known."

After apologizing and righting the wrongs, Henry even got very complimentary of McGregor later on in the interview.

"I'm gonna be biased on my own fighters, but I think Conor has the best striking in all of MMA, probably even in boxing I agree he could go a long way," Henry says, then breaks down McGregor's techniques. "His speed, his accuracy is amazing, his power. Watching him a lot more closely now, that something is finally definite—I watched him a little bit with Frankie, but I really didn't know—he's amazing, man."

The fight goes down November 5th in Madison Square Garden at UFC 205. Will Alvarez keep his title and send McGregor back to Featherweight, or will McGregor make history?


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