We’re all still waiting to see when and who Conor McGregor fights next, but hopefully, the UFC champ listens to the comments his coach John Kavanagh recently made.
For months now, there’s been endless talk and speculation about who McGregor will fight, before and after his stoppage loss to boxing star Floyd Mayweather last summer. Leading up to that contest, there was a lot of buzz about McGregor fighting Nate Diaz for a third time, and immediately after the boxing match, the consensus was that’s what McGregor would choose. There was also talk about McGregor boxing again, but in recent weeks, the lightweight’s made it clear he wants to return to the Octagon.
Well, since Khabib Nurmagomedov returned to the cage in December, he cruised through Edson Barboza, there’s been a real shift in the MMA world. The consensus seems to be, even in main stream circles, that McGregor should / must fight the winner of the April 7th, Tony Ferguson – Nurmagomedov bout.
“Conor’s had an MMA fight and a boxing fight since and we haven’t seen Nate since. So I started changing and you could see it amongst the fans who are – I’ve always said and I still believe – are the most important factor in all of this because they pay for the Pay-Per-Views, and that’s what they want to see. But you can see it was clearly becoming they wanted to see either Khabib or Tony in there rather than [Nate], probably for the same reason that we didn’t: Nate didn’t keep busy…”
“I think Nate should get one in in the meantime,” Kavanagh said. “Him vs. Woodley, I hear there are rumors of that or him against a good lightweight, and if the MMA gods smile, it would be a victory for him. Conor fights the winner of [Khabib-Tony] and then you’ve got this amazing superfight for New Year’s Eve.”
Yes. Thank you Mr. Kavanagh (recent comments about wanting to see McGregor fight Floyd Mayweather aside…). Now , personally, the reason I want to see McGregor fight the winner of Ferguson – Nurmagomedov, isn’t because Diaz hasn’t been inactive. I want to see McGregor take on the planet’s best lightweights. Diaz is a ridiculously talented fighter, sure, but we’ve seen McGregor face the Stockton star twice already. It’s time McGregor’s lightweight reign is properly vetted.
So, here’s hoping McGregor is on the same page here as his coach, and to Mr. Kavanagh, a good day sir.