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Could Conor McGregor Fight For Welterweight Title After UFC 196? Coach Says he “Wouldn’t be Surprised”

Kelsey Mowatt

Conor McGregor

If you’ve recently dismissed the rumors that Conor McGregor might move to 170 and fight for that division’s title, well, the featherweight champ’s coach has kicked all that speculation to new heights.

As you know, McGregor is booked to fight lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 on March 5th. While many believe RDA is going to be a stiff test for McGregor, people have been talking about whether the latter could fight Robbie Lawler next.

Well, John Kavanagh, who is McGregor’s head coach, recently wrote a column for The 42. The SBG founder said this about McGregor moving to welterweight:

Speaking of welterweights, I’ve seen that rumours of Conor fighting Robbie Lawler for the 170lbs belt at UFC 200 on 9 July have been gathering momentum. It’s not something we have discussed specifically but after Conor wins the lightweight belt, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next fight is for the welterweight belt.

If that’s what Conor wants to do, I’ll absolutely support that move. I think that would be fantastic. We’re already talking about making history in a few weeks, but can you imagine what it will be like if Conor is the champion in three weight classes by the summer?

So, there you go. Is this crazy talk? Or could Lawler – McGregor be in their plans? It would be a monster fight.


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