Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh thinks he will most likely defend his lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov.
However that fight might have to wait until after Conor McGregor fights Floyd Mayweather with coach Kavanagh saying a potential cross over fight ‘ seems like it’s coming’.
Speaking recently on Submission Radio as to whether McGregor – Mayweather was going to take place, Kavanagh said, ” I can’t answer that because I’m not privy to all that’s going on. It seems like it’s coming. When or how definite, I don’t know, but it’s looking more likely. And the two guys seem to want it and they’re making moves towards it, but I won’t lie, I don’t know is the short answer. There seems to be a lot of of steps to get over with various commissions involved and so on and so forth, but it’s a fight that’s getting more and more momentum every day and more and more people want to see it. So if you ask just me, my personal uneducated opinion on it, I would say that I believe it’s gonna happen.”
If the fight does take place McGregor will have to fore go his MMA skills and concentrate on boxing as Mayweather has made clear he would only take McGregor on at boxing. This would be a big challenge for McGregor.
” One hundred percent. I love challenges and Conor is a lot more competitive than me, but I would love the challenge of it and the spectacle of it and the level of interest.
” So yeah, I would love to see the challenge for Conor to test himself in that area. I’ll be honest, like right from the beginning I’ve been used to hearing ‘you can’t do this, you can’t train somebody up to UFC level from Ireland,. You don’t have wrestling or grappling. It’s impossible to fight for a world title. It’s impossible to hold two world titles. It’s impossible to have a thousand-square metre gym dedicated to MMA.’ So I’ve just heard those things my whole life and yet here I am, I’m talking to you and I have a best selling book and I’m coming to Australia to talk about that and I’ve got world renowned gym. So we’re kind of used to being told what we can’t do, but we don’t pay too much attention to it, we just get on and make things happen.”
Although McGregor seems keen to make a fight with Mayweather a reality if it was down to Kavanagh his next fight would be in MMA.
” 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 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 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 GSP. 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”
Plenty of options for the McGregor camp to weigh up.