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Conor McGregor’s Coach Doesn’t “Really See The Point” in Fighter Returning to 145…

Conor McGregor

Now that UFC 202 is over, and Conor McGregor has avenged his defeat to Nate Diaz, there’s a ton of talk about what’s next for the superstar. Although McGregor seems to be at odds with Dana White, in terms of whether he needs to defend the 145 title next, his coach believes his days at featherweight should be done.

Leading up to this past Saturday’s card, some believed that if McGregor defeated Diaz, then the fighter might elect to vacate the FW belt, and focus on lightweight. The argument being that McGregor was perhaps holding onto the 145 title, as a fallback, in case he lost to Diaz for a second time.

Well, following McGregor’s win, he didn’t say he wants to defend the belt next, but he also argued that stripping him of the featherweight title will “bury that division“.  McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, appeared on the latest “MMA Hour” on Monday, and he was asked to weigh-in on the situation. Here is some of what the Straight Blast Gym” founder had to say (quote via MMA

“I really don’t see the point in it,” Kavanagh said. “With all due respect to the 45 guys, especially after that fight with Nate, what are they going to do? What’s anyone going to do to him? I just think anyone he fights at that weight class, it’s almost like he’s cheating with the amount of power he has. He can make the weight, don’t get me wrong about that. And he might do it, just to spite me.”

Kavanagh also echoed what McGregor has said, that neither Jose Aldo or Frankie Edgar did anything at UFC 200 overly impressive to lock up a fight with the champ…But, the UFC doesn’t typically let champions avoid title defenses, unless they’re injured. So, this is a really interesting situation.
McGregor is the biggest name in the game right now, so, will the promotion let him fight at say 155 next? And put off his title defense even further? But on the other hand, if McGregor doesn’t see any compelling bouts at 145, why not vacate the title?


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