McGregor has advanced to a showdown with the renowned, featherweight champ, by stopping Dennis Siver on January 18th. UFC boss man Dana White relayed at the post-fight presser that the promotion was considering booking the title fight for late May, possibly near Memorial Day.
John Kavanagh, who is McGregor’s head coach, has relayed in a recent interview, however, that the bout could take place later in the year. While appearing on Newstalk Breakfast, Kavanagh repeated that the UFC was looking at May for Aldo-McGregor, but added “It may now actually be later in the year.”
The Straight Blast Gym leader then noted that the bout hasn’t been finalized yet, and that he expects the highly anticipated bout to go down in “Mid-summer, maybe.”
In terms of the fight’s location, however, it looks like nothing’s changed on that front. McGregor has been campaigning for the title fight to take place in Dublin’s massive Croke Park, but White has said holding the bout there presents to many issues. Not only is there a curfew in the region, but there’s also the time difference to consider, as well as the weather conditions…
As a result, White has said the UFC wants to hold Aldo-McGregor in Las Vegas, and Kavanagh said in the aforementioned interview that’s still the plan. The coach did add that they’re hoping McGregor wins the belt in the U.S., and that they can convince the UFC to host his first title defence in Ireland…
So, if this is accurate, it’s kind of disappointing news, although it doesn’t sound like we’re talking about a big delay. Kavanagh didn’t offer any reason as to why the fight’s likely been pushed back.
Aldo hasn’t fought now since October, when he worked his way to a unanimous decision win over Chad Mendes. It marked the second time Aldo has defeated the powerful wrestler, as the champion also KO’d Mendes in January, 2012.