Conor McGregor is officially having his rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in August but questions remain regarding his returning to the featherweight division where he will be defending his title.
In the nearing Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar bout at UFC 200, there are speculations circulating about Conor McGregor’s possible return in the featherweight division after his rematch against Nate Diaz. However, John Kavanagh, McGregor’s coach, revealed that his return to the featherweight division will depend on what happens in the next couple of months.
“The short answer is I don’t know,” Kavanagh told Jonathan Shrager of the MMAUnderground when asked about McGregor’s return to 145. “I’m very intrigued to see the Aldo and Edgar fight.”
Conor McGregor already expressed his lack of interest to fight in the featherweight division. However, he also said that he will only be interested in returning once a fighter is already holding the interim featherweight belt. This means that once the fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar is concluded, there is a higher possibility that McGregor will return to defend his title.
“I hope Aldo is fully recovered from the bad knockout. I thought (Chad) Mendes went back in there really quick after the knockout against Conor,” Kavanagh said. “People don’t realize the damage it does — it takes a long time to recover, and I think Mendes went down quicker in that fight because of that. Maybe if he’d let himself rest a bit more he might have had more fight for Edgar. I hope that’s not the case for Aldo, (I hope) we get to see a solid version of Aldo and a new kind of improved Edgar, and see what different from the first fight. So yea, let’s see that, and assess after the rematch. It’s kind of those two names and (Max) Holloway kind of in the mix, so it’s an interesting time.”
Though Aldo and Edgar are expected to be McGregor’s next opponent after Diaz, Kavanagh revealed another fighter that caught their attention. McGregor’s coach stated that he was also impressed with the third-ranked-featherweight Holloway.
Holloway managed to win nine consecutive fights since he was beaten by Conor McGregor in 2013. However, with McGregor’s way of thinking, he will surely pick an opponent whom the fans will be thrilled to see him fight in the Octagon and not the fighters he has beaten before.
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