Conor McGregor and the UFC have said the plan is for the featherweight champ to defend that title later this year, but the star’s coach isn’t sure whether that’s going to happen.
Recently it was confirmed that McGregor will rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 202, August 2oth. Just like their first encounter in March, which Diaz won via second round submission, the bout will take place at 170. In the meantime, Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar are scrapping for an interim, 145 title on July 9th at UFC 200.
Many folks believe, including Edgar, that McGregor’s run at 145 is likely over. Well, the fighter’s head coach, John Kavanagh, recently spoke to the UG. When he was asked if McGregor will return to the featherweight division, the Straight Blast Gym founder stated (quote via FOX Sports):
“The short answer is I don’t know,” Kavanagh said. “I’m very intrigued to see the Aldo and Edgar fight.”
If McGregor avenges his defeat to Diaz, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if he elects to leave 145. It’s a brutal cut for him. But, if Diaz defeats McGregor again, then defending the featherweight title would likely be his best option, in terms of a big fight. Obviously the UFC isn’t going to tap McGregor for say a lightweight title fight, if he’s coming off consecutive losses.
During the interview Kavanagh was also asked to weigh-in on Max Holloway’s UD win over Ricardo Lamas last week at UFC 199. Here is some of what he had to say:
“I thought Holloway looked fantastic the other night [at UFC 199]. I’ve said it ever since Conor fought Max, I had him as the second best 145er in the division.”
Holloway faced McGregor back in 2013 and lost via unanimous decision. Since then, however, he’s won nine in a row. As a result, the Hawaiian fighter is knocking on the title shot door.