Leading up to Conor McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, the UFC champ said he’s looking forward to fighting under MMA rules again, but his coach doesn’t believe that’s going to happen in 2017.

When the Mayweather – McGregor bout was booked for August 26th, a lot of people speculated this would mean the UFC champ would go through the year, without stepping in the Octagon. After all, McGregor was going to (and has) made a ridiculous amount of money from the fight, and he also has a new baby son.

But, after Dana White reported that McGregor was hoping to fight again in 2017, and since the latter talked about fighting the likes of Khabib Nurmagmoedov or Nate Diaz, that narrative changed somewhat.

Well, recently McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, wrote an article for the Irish outlet The 42.ie. While discussing McGregor’s future and his next bout, Kavanagh said this:

As for what’s next, we’re currently taking a bit of down time after a fairly exhausting few months. Conor is in Ibiza for a friend’s wedding, I’m in Florida with my fiancée Orlagh and we haven’t looked too far beyond that.

I’ve said for a long time that the Nate Diaz trilogy fight at lightweight is what I’d personally like to see next. That still needs to be put to bed.

Even though Conor is the champion, I know there’s an interim lightweight title fight coming up between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. To be completely honest, I didn’t actually know who Kevin was until very recently…

…It’s probably a little late in the day to realistically expect another fight before the end of the year, because even after this hiatus is over, a lot goes into the planning and execution of a training camp at our level. I find it hard to envisage another fight in 2017.

Kavanagh did add that McGregor is “difficult to predict”, and that the lightweight champ could decide he wants to fight before the year is out. But, when you factor in negotiations, a training camp etc, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if we don’t see McGregor back in the Octagon until next year.