Peter Lavery MMA
Peter Lavery is Head Coach of Kyoujin MMA and Team Ryano in Belfast. He is also referee and judge for the World's top MMA Organisations including UFC and Cage Warriors, aside from this he is one of the leaders Cage Warriors' Irish Academy and a founding father of Mixed Martial Arts in Ireland. We chat about his journey in Martial Arts, working for the UFC, an insight into the mentality of top athletes including a chat he had with Conor McGregor.
We had this chat in the ring at Kyoujin MMA in Belfast; Pete was gracious with his time and covered a myriad of topics including the early days of MMA alongside Andy Ryan and John Kavanagh at SBG, fighting for a World Title on just 2 days notice, what it takes to become a top official in the sport (including a fantastic breakdown of the term "Intelligent Defense" and how Referees are thinking during the fights)
Pete was also Head Doorman at one of the World's Best Comedy Clubs: "The Empire" in Belfast, so he shares a little bit about that as well as his thoughts on the most controversial deal in Sports: the UFC Reebok sponsorship deal.
I am fascinated in what it takes to become elite in any sporting endeavour, and Pete's insight as a Coach is second-to-none; he tells us about his experience, and illustrates his point by recounting a chat he had with Superstar "The Notorious" Conor McGregor
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