Conor McGregor is a lot of things: a phenomenal MMA fighter, one of the best trash talkers the sport has ever seen, and one of the biggest pay per view draws in UFC history.
One thing he is not, though, is a Featherweight. Not according to his longtime coach, John Kavanagh.
Yes, McGregor won the Featherweight belt at UFC 194 by knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds, but Kavanagh says there’s no point in McGregor dropping back down to 145 pounds, no matter what UFC president threatens to do.
White initially said if McGregor doesn’t go back down to Featherweight and take a unification bout with interim champ Aldo then he will strip McGregor’s belt, but has since said McGregor just needs to “either defend his title or give it up and decide what he wants to do next.”
If Kavanagh has his say, the man known as “The Notorious” won’t do either.
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“I really don’t see the point in it,” Kavanagh told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on August 22nd. “With all due respect to the 45 guys, especially after that fight with Nate, what are they going to do? What’s anyone going to do to him? I just think anyone he fights at that weight class, it’s almost like he’s cheating with the amount of power he has. He can make the weight, don’t get me wrong about that. And he might do it, just to spite me.”
One of the issues both McGregor and Kavanagh have is that after UFC 194 in December, Aldo fought and beat Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July. Had Edgar won, it would be a completely different story.
“Unfortunately, those guys didn’t keep up their end of the bargain,” Kavanagh told Helwani. “They had to go out there and prove they deserved it, prove that they had improved and go out there and beat Aldo and they didn’t. The fight was even more one-sided than their first contest. I guess Aldo had learned from the last time.”
So what does Kavanagh ultimately want? For McGregor to go to 155 pounds and stay there.
Kavanagh’s vision is for McGregor to beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title and then defend that belt against Nate Diaz in a “trilogy bout.”
But everyone knows it will notoriously be whatever McGregor wants.