UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor may have avenged his UFC 196 loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 202, however the way McGregor’s coach sees it, a trilogy fight between the two when McGregor returns to the Octagon makes sense.
With that being said, a fight between Conor McGregor and the winner of this weekend’s UFC 209 co-main event scrap between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship is a very likely possibility.
Kavanagh spoke on both possibilities during a recent appearance on Submission Radio:
“My number one thing would be for Conor to fight MMA. That’s my number one thing. That’s my selfish number one, what I would like to see. Which opponent? I’ve said it before – the Nate [Diaz] rematch interests me a lot because it’s 1-1 and how the styles match up. Almost on a par with that, not much difference, will be the winner of Khabib and [Tony] Ferguson this weekend. I think Khabib does it, so I think Khabib will be the winner. So Khabib will be the match up out of that. Below that would be [Georges St-Pierre]. Purely because GSP was an incredible fighter. [I’m a] big fan of him, I’ve learnt a lot from watching his fights, but it’s a long time since he’s fought and the game changes very, very quickly and I think Khabib is sort of like a better version of GSP. Although we don’t know, it’s hard to tell how GSP and Khabib would match up. But yeah, MMA-wise, Nate or almost on a par winner of Khabib/Ferguson.”
“I find it hard to imagine not seeing that (The winner of Nurmagomedov-Ferguson gets a title shot). You know, even with Conor getting the – if and when the Mayweather fight was to happen and he got that out of the way, I know, like myself, I do believe his true love is free combat sports and there is no freer combat sport than mixed martial arts and he is the UFC lightweight champion. He did only win it a couple of months ago, so he is the lightweight champion. So I can’t imagine him not fighting the winner of [Nurmagomedov-Ferguson]. We gotta see what happens with the Mayweather talks and all that, but yeah I do believe that will happen, yes.”
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 2/2/2017.