CONOR McGREGOR has been backed to go into coaching after retirement by his current head trainer John Kavanagh.

Loyal McGregor has been with Kavanagh ever since his MMA debut in 2008when he was just 18.

Back then, due to his striking skills and prior amateur experience, he coached a boxing class in Kavanagh's now-famous Straight Blast Gym.

But even now, multimillionaire McGregor, 33, cannot help himself from passing on his knowledge to starstruck pupils.

Kavanagh told BBC Sport: "He used to teach for me. Back in the day, he used to take my boxing classes.

"It wasn't that long ago and he was walking through the gym and there was a beginner boxer class starting.

"He just walked in and went: 'Oh, I'll take this class today.'

"You could see everybody just froze and he spent an hour and a half on the mat with absolute beginners trying to perfect their jab. It was pretty amazing to watch.

"So I'm hoping he'll fall into that role. He actually is a fantastic coach."

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McGregor has already started training his eldest, four-year-old Conor Jr, and backed his son to one day follow in his footsteps.

In August, responded in the Twitter Q&A: "That kid of mine is going to do whatever he wants in this world.

"I will support him all the way tho whatever he chooses! I feel he will do it tho. I feel his younger brother Rían will also.

"Interesting times ahead. I will be happy just as long as they are happy."

Kavanagh has coached McGregor to two UFC titles and even cornered him for his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather, 44, in 2017.

I'm hoping he'll fall into that role. He actually is a fantastic coach.

More recently, McGregor twice lost to rival Dustin Poirier, 32, first by knockout and the second after a horror broken tibia.

The former champion is now training again after surgery on his leg and will link up with coachKavanagh in the new year.

He said: "I know he's back into full strength and conditioning-type training and doing some padwork.

"I was going to go out to him in January, but he told me he's going to be in Ireland in January so we'll get back into martial arts training in January.

"Let's do a couple weeks, make sure everything is holding up and then set a date."

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