Leading up to UFC 205, where Conor McGregor made history by securing two UFC title belts, the Irish superstar began a very heated rivalry with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who was also fighting on the same card.
McGregor was caught on camera mean mugging Woodley behind the scenes at the UFC 205 early weigh-ins, which then sparked a Twitter feud between the two as McGregor repeatedly called the welterweight champion of the world a “bitch”. McGregor was then caught on camera once more engaging with Woodley backstage, this time being separated by security guards who attempted to keep the Irishman away from ‘The Chosen One’ as McGregor repeatedly insulted Woodley.
Conor McGregor of course emerged from UFC 205 victorious, and announced that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence in order to prepare for the upcoming birth of his firstborn son in May. In his time off, McGregor has been linked to a boxing superfight with Floyd Mayweather. While initially the potential bout was very far fetched, talks have now progressed to the point that UFC President Dana White has plans to sit down with McGregor after the birth of his son in May to ‘hammer out’ the details of a potential fight with Floyd Mayweather.
During a recent Q&A in Australia, SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh spoke about McGregor’s chances against the welterweight champion, saying:
“I’d fancy him in there with Woodley,”
“He’s just another wrestler with an overhand right, and that’s the type Conor grew up knocking out.
“So I wouldn’t see a massive challenge in that.”
“I would like to see Gunni get that belt,” he added. “Gunnar Nelson will be the next SBG world champion.”
Interestingly enough, Kavanagh predicted that Gunnar Nelson will be the next SBG Ireland champion. He of course is currently on a 2-fight win streak that has seen him pick up back to back submission wins.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/14/2017.