There’s been huge coverage over the potential boxing bout between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, but recently Dana White stated that he would like to see McGregor face the winner of the co-main event from this weekend’s card between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
“The Notorious“one has been pictured training at well known California boxing gym Box ‘N Burn, and it’s clear that the Mayweather fight is something that he’s training hard for and doing everything he can to make happen.
Someone very close to Conor McGregor is his head coach John Kavanagh. Kavanagh believes that the Mayweather fight will happen, and he expects McGregor to return to the UFC to defend his lightweight belt after he steps foot into the boxing ring.
“I would love to see the challenge for Conor to test himself in that area,” Kavanagh said about the Mayweather fight. “I’ll be honest, like right from the beginning I’ve been used to hearing ‘you can’t do this, you can’t do that, you can’t. You won’t train somebody up to a 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 meter 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 a 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.”
He went on to talk about his thoughts on McGregor fighting the winner of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, and who he thinks will come out on top at UFC 209. He also played with the idea of McGregor fighting returning UFC legend and former UFC welterweight champion George St-Pierre
“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 [Georges St-Pierre]. Purely because GSP was an incredible fighter, [I’m a] big fan of him, I’ve learned 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.”
It’s no secret that Nate Diaz wants a trilogy fight with McGregor, but there’re many fighters from all weight classes and disciplines gunning for a shot at the “The Notorious” one. With George St-Pierre agreeing to fight Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship, that potential fight is out of the question for now, but it seems that McGregor is pushing to agree on a big money fight against Floyd Mayweather before returning to the UFC to defend his lightweight belt.
Who do you think Conor McGregor’s next fight will be against? Floyd Mayweather? Khabib Nurmagomedov? Tony Ferguson? Nate Diaz? or do you think he will fight someone else? Let us know, and stay tuned to MMA Thread for more UFC news!