John Kavanagh discusses how Becky Lynch would do in MMA.
Becky Lynch is at the top of the mountain in WWE but being The Man means wanting more. It's unlikely that Lynch will ever transition to MMA but that doesn't prevent her from stopping by the Straight Blast Gym in Ireland whenever she's home. Before she turned into a WWE superstar, Lynch spent time at SBG, working out and honing her skills.
SBG head coach John Kavanagh recently joined Ariel Helwani's MMA Show to breakdown Lynch's prospects in MMA.
"She's fantastic at what she does," said Kavanagh. "She actually used to train at SBG like 10 years ago. I never met her. She was doing [private sessions] with one of [the coaches]. There was word going around, 'there's this crazy girl that wants to learn flying armbars on day one.' She drops in, she's very gracious with her time. When I do a training session with her, I tell her to go out the back door so she doesn't get caught. No. She goes out the front, takes photos with everybody, signs autographs. She's a real inspiration for the young girls. She's a fantastic athlete. I challenge anybody to out-work her."
Kavanagh continued, "If she were to say to me tomorrow, 'You know what, I want to give MMA a go,' give me a year and I'd have her fighting at a high level. No doubt. She has an engine and she's tough as hell. [In wrestling], you get smacked around and [there are] big hits. That's a big part of [MMA]. She has the mental and physical toughness to do it. We know she's not going to freeze under the big lights. She would do very well."
Lynch, along with Daniel Bryan stopped by SBG for a training session when WWE was in Ireland back in May. The current Raw Women's Champion does hold a professional wrestling victory over former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey.