The massive pay-per-view is scheduled for July 2016, and Conor McGregor has every intention of fighting beforehand, according to his coach.
Speaking on The MMA Hour, John Kavanagh of SBG Ireland told host Ariel Helwani that Conor McGregor is dead-set on challenging for the lightweight title around March or April, before defending the newly earned featherweight belt against Edgar at UFC 200 in July.
The UFC brass would prefer to protect their investment and ensure that McGregor makes it to the biggest pay-per-view of all time, but the man himself is having none of it.
“I do think the next one [fight] will be at lightweight for the belt,” Kavanagh stated.
“Maybe that’s going to be around April or March, something like that. Maybe that and then in July, UFC 200. Maybe he’ll defend the featherweight belt against Frankie on that card.”
Even if he (or indeed Dana White according to reports) were to ask Conor to vacate the 145lb. belt, Kavanagh says that such a suggestion wouldn’t register with the headstrong Irishman.
“He’s never gonna wait until July,” Kavanagh admitted. “Even if I was to suggest it or encourage it, I know it’s a pointless effort.”
The spotlight now turns to the lightweight championship bout taking place this Saturday between Rafael Dos Anjos (C.) and challenger Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, as the winner may well be Conor McGregor’s next foe.
The full John Kavanagh interview (from 7:40) can be seen below courtesy of MMAFighting.