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02nd Jul 2018

John Kavanagh gripes about UFC changing travel arrangements in now-deleted tweet

Two SBG Ireland men are fighting in Las Vegas this week.

Ben Kiely

International fight week is finally upon us and John Kavanagh has two fighters competing.

John Kavanagh is in Las Vegas right now to corner the UFC debuts of two SBG Ireland fighters set this week.

Undefeated Irishman Richie Smullen will make his first trip to the UFC’s Octagon in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The undefeated Arklow native came through the most recent season of the Ultimate Fighter. Unfortunately for Smullen, his run on the show ended under bizarre circumstances. He was forced to withdraw from the competition minutes before his first fight. He was all set to take on Allan Zuniga until his calves started cramping up during his warm-up. Try as he might, he simply wasn’t able to continue. However, he was given a second chance at the big time when he was matched up against Luis Pena at the TUF 27 finale.

Kavanagh will also be in the corner of TUF finalist Brad Katona. After wrapping up the taping of the show, the undefeated Canadian headed to SBG Ireland to train. He secured his place in the final of the featherweight bracket against an opponent that is yet to be determined.

Unfortunately, fight week hasn’t got off to the best of starts for Kavanagh. He took to Twitter after touching down in the City of Sin to publically air a grievance with the promotion. He’s upset with the UFC for failing to spring for a taxi to bring him from the airport to the fighters’ hotel. He also let it be known that he had to pay for his own travel and accommodation as the promotion only cover these expenses for one member of a fighter’s corner.

Kavanagh has since deleted the tweet. But you can see a screenshot of it below.