It remains to be seen when and who Conor McGregor fights next, but if his coach John Kavanagh gets his wish, the two division champ will face Nate Diaz again…
McGregor took out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Saturday night to secure the promotion’s 155 title. Although the Irish star has repeatedly said he doesn’t intend to vacate the 145 belt, many believe McGregor’s run as a featherweight is over.
As a result, since UFC 205 went down, there’s been a lot of talk about McGregor facing lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov next, or Tony Ferguson. There’s also been considerable discussion about him facing welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.
Kavanagh was on set for the latest “MMA Hour” yesterday, and while sharing his thoughts on McGregor’s next bout, the Irish coach stated this (quote via MMA Mania):
“I understand Khabib is the No. 1 contender and it is probably going to be him, if that’s how the company works.” said Kavanagh. “But for me, interest-wise, the Nate Diaz fight interests me greater. If it’s Tony, if it’s Khabib, great, they are two fantastic fighters and a lot to learn in the preparations for them. Both of their fights will be interesting to watch, a lot of problems for me to solve and to see Conor beat both of them will be interesting for me. But, I think Nate would be quite a bit better than either of them.”
McGregor – Diaz III is certainly a possibility, but it seems like there’s not as much buzz about a third fight between them, as there was a couple of months ago. That could be because McGregor decisioned Diaz in the rematch, and now fans want to see if he can past the ridiculously dangerous Ferguson, or arguably MMA’s best grappler, Nurmagomedov.