The fighters: Inside the world of UFC and Conor McGregor

Mixed martial arts has exploded around the world and Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh is at its centre

18th October, 2015
Conor McGregor holds an open training session for fans and media at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas three months ago. Picture: Getty

Bahrain: August 13, 2015

Thirty-eight-year-old mixed martial arts coach John Kavanagh touches down in Bahrain, the oil-rich island state near the western shores of the Persian Gulf. With him are two of his fighters, Frans Mlambo, who has just been named amateur featherweight world champion, and James Gallagher, an 18-year-old MMA wunderkind from Strabane, west Tyrone.

The three men are there to meet Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa, the fifth son of the multibillionaire king...

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