John Kavanagh Biography

September 15, 2019
First published on:December 18, 2018
by John Max

Facts of John Kavanagh

Birth Name John Raymond Kavanagh
Birth Place Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland
Famous Name John Kavanagh
Birth Date January 18, 1977
Horoscope Capricorn
Father Alan Kavanagh
Mother Margaret Kavanagh
Net Worth $2 million
Salary $300,000
Siblings James Kavanagh; Ann Kavanagh
House Location Blessington, Ireland
Cars Ferrari 488 GTB
No. of Twitter Followers 275k
No. of Instagram Followers 526k
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 70 kg (155 lbs)
Nationality Irish
Ethnicity White
Profession Mixed Martial Arts Coach
Famous for Conor McGragor's Coach
Currently Working For Straight Blast Gym Ireland
Current City Blessington, Ireland
Currently Married No
Girlfriend Orlagh Hunter
Tatto(s) Multiple tattoo on Left Arm

John Kavanagh is an Irish professional Mixed Martial Arts Coach and a former martial artist. He is the founder of the popular MMA training center Straight Blast Gym in Ireland. Considered as one of the best MMA coaches in the world, Kavanagh has been the trainer for high-profile fighters like Conor McGregor and Gunnar Nelson. Kavanagh was awarded the "2017 Coach of the Year" award. 


The former MMA fighter has an estimated net worth of over $2 million. Further, as a head coach, Kavanagh reportedly earns around $300,000 as his yearly salary. He is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Orlagh Hunter and is planning to get married soon. 

Net Worth - $2 million

As of 2019, the head coach of the Irish MMA gym "Straight Blast Gym Ireland", John Kavanagh has an estimated net worth of around $2 million.

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Most of Kavanagh's earnings are from his coaching and combat sports seminars. Further, the MMA coach has an average salary of $300,000 annually. Apart from his career earnings, he is the author of the book, Win or Learn through which he earned decent money, which significantly increased his net worth.    

Kept aside his financial earnings, Kavanagh's personal assets include a Home in Blessington, Ireland. In addition, he reportedly owns a stunning Ferrari 488 GTB, whose reported price is more than $300,000.

CAPTION: John Kavanagh's Ferrari 488GTB SOURCE: Instagram

He has added a lot to his total net worth through his continuous hard work in combat sports. Kavanagh made around $400,000 from his fighting career. Kavanagh's company Straight Blast Gym (SBG) has an official website, where he sells fitness items such as hoodies, bags, tees, and gym sacks.

Relationship with Orlagh Hunter

Kavanagh is not married yet but is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Orlagh Hunter. In 2017, he bought a house near Blessington and is planning to get married soon.

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That time @orlaghhunter and I were the most southern based Irish couple in the entire United States mainland ???????? #HurricaneIrma ??

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Although the couple is yet to exchange their marital vows, many people already assume them as a husband and wife. Also, the couple hasn't disclosed the probable date of their wedding, we are sure that will soon reveal the news. Make sure you stay tuned with us until we come up with the news of their wedlock.      

Life as an Aurthor

In 2016, Kavanagh published a book named "Win or Learn", which is about MMA, his relationship as a trainer with Conor McGregor.

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In addition, he uses his skill and influence to aware the people about the sport. Kavanagh regularly organizes free defense classes and seminars to women in his SBG gym.

Social Media

It is no surprise, that the famous MMA trainer, has a pretty huge fan following on social media. He has more than 526k followers on Instagram, and 275k followers on Twitter, respectively. 

Short Bio

John Kavanagh was born as John Raymond Kavanagh on January 18, 1977, in Churchtown, Dublin, Ireland to parents Alan Kavanagh and Margaret Kavanagh. John Kavanagh is 42 years, as of 2019.  Further, his star sign is Capricorn.  As per his nationality, John is Irish and belongs to the White ethnic group. He grew up along with his younger siblings, James Kavanagh, and Ann Kavanagh.

CAPTION: John Kavanagh with his Family SOURCE:

From an early age, Kavanagh became interested in mixed martial arts. During his early career, Kavanagh competed in several local circuits MMA events in Ireland and UK.

Today, Kavanagh is considered one of the best martial arts trainer. A pioneer of MMA in Ireland, Kavanagh is the current president of Irish Martial Arts Association.    

Professional Career

Before becoming a professional MMA coach, Kavanagh started his career as a martial arts fighter. He competed in the earliest local MMA events during his early 20's.

From 2000-2003, Kavanagh fought six professional fights during his three-year career and posted a 3-3 record.

CAPTION: John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor, and Gunnar Nelson SOURCE: Sherdog Forums

In 2001, Kavanagh founded Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, which later became part of the Straight Blast Gym International, a worldwide association of over 35 gyms.

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Kavanagh won a gold medal at the 2005 European Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Further, he became the first Irish man to receive a Black Belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu in 2007.

John has trained famous UFC standouts such as  Gunnar Nelson, Pady Holohan, Aisling Daly, Cathal Pendred and Artem Lobov. However, under Kavanagh's training, one specific athlete's life has changed tremendously and that is the world-famous MMA fighter, Conor McGregor.  

CAPTION: John Kavanagh with Conor McGregor SOURCE: Daily Mail

Under Kavanagh's supervision, McGregor won "Fighter of the Year" title in 2015 and 2016. Further, he won "International Fighter of the Year" in 2015 and 2014.

As of 2019, McGregor is one of the world's highest-paid athlete besides Floyd Mayweather, Lionel Messi, and Cristiano Ronaldo. All thanks to the brilliant coach John Kavanagh.

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In 2016, Kavanagh’s success with SBG earned him "2016 Coach of the Year Award", which was presented by The World MMA Awards. Currently, he serves as the Head Coach of his gym in Ireland.

Facts and Stats

Some of the facts of John Kavanagh are:

  • Age: 42 years as of 2019
  • Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
  • Star sign: Capricorn
  • Height:5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
  • Weight:  70 kg (155 lbs)
  • Net worth: $2 million
  • Salary: $300,000
  • Girlfriend: Orlagh Hunter
  • Kavanagh calls Conor McGregor his best friend

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