Conor McGregor’s coach discusses potential opponents for UFC 200

March 8, 2016 8:59 am by Evan Bell
Conor McGregor Jose Aldo

Prior to UFC 196, Conor McGregor revealed that he committed to a fight at UFC 200, however no opponent was named. There was speculation that McGregor could face welterweight champion Robbie Lawler if he were to defeat Diaz at UFC 196. As the world knows by now, in the main event of UFC 196, McGregor was rocked and then submitted by Nate Diaz in the second round of their welterweight scrap.

In the wake of McGregor’s loss to Diaz, SBG head coach John Kavanagh spoke on The MMA Hour to discuss potential opponents for McGregor at UFC 200.

“Me personally, maybe the Aldo rematch, I’d like to see that again. I just think the first one was great for us, but it was a little bit unfulfilling…a little bit. I think Aldo has a fantastic set of skills, he was a great champion and I didn’t think that quite closed the chapter on that. So, [let’s] see a proper fight.

“I think stylistically it would be a very nice fight to watch and a very good challenge. So that’s my personal opinion, but like I said, I’m not the decision-maker on that.”

With that being said, Frankie Edgar was promised a featherweight title shot after knocking out Chad Mendes at the TUF 22 finale, however has yet to find out if or when he will get a featherweight title shot.

“Frankie, he’s a great fighter as well. I just… you know Frankie’s lost to Aldo and Aldo just had such an amazing run. He just got caught with that very, very hard shot and went down fast. That’s just how that fight went. But just for me, because I think I learned so much just watching it, to have a good back-and-forth fight, I just think it would be for me I’d get a year’s worth of material to coach off for the next 20 years off. So, that would be my personal preference. But, if it’s Frankie or if it’s Dos Anjos or if it’s another 170 fight, I’m happy just to be there.”


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