Conor McGregor has made it a habit to predict early, stoppage wins, but his coach apparently sees his fighter finishing Nate Diaz later on in their upcoming bout.
McGregor and Diaz are booked to fight in the headliner of UFC 202, which will go down on August 20th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. In their first bout this past March, McGregor bloodied Diaz with some heavy shots in round one, but the latter proceeded to turn the tables in round two, and locked up a fight ending, rear-naked-choke.
Recently McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, held a session on Persiscope. According to a follow up report from Bloody Elbow.com, Kavanagh said that McGregor threw “too many power shots” and got “tired”, during his first fight with Diaz. The featherweight champ has said the same thing.
Kavanagh was also asked for his prediction on the fight, and the Irish coach reportedly said McGregor will end the fight in round “four”. How about that? Diaz fans will likely point out that the fighter has been finished just twice in 29 pro bouts, and only one of those came via strikes. So, if McGregor can indeed take out Diaz, it would be an impressive feather in his cap. It will be really interesting to see what kind of approach McGregor takes in the bout.
Kavanagh was also asked about McGregor defending the featherweight belt. The SBG founder noted again that “Notorious” has a tough time making 145, and that they need to get the rematch with Diaz “out of the way”…So, ya. Let the speculation regarding McGregor’s future weight class continue.