The SBG Ireland head coach made the reveal regarding Conor McGregor ahead of BAMMA 26 tomorrow, which sees eight of his fighters take part.
As John Kavanagh and Conor McGregor move on from the intensity that was UFC 202, the spokes on the wheel keep turning in the background. An active gym sees the former concentrate on his other disciples, while the latter quietly works in between admiring his Rolls Royce fleet.
The ever-present question of who and where ‘The Notorious’ will fight next still lingers, however, and the SBG Ireland founder spoke of the possibility of rapid progress being made in nailing down the next McGregor show.
The two-horse race between Jose Aldo and Eddie Alvarez may come to a head very soon.
“[The Alvarez fight] is a great fight,” said Kavanagh, via The Daily Mirror.
“It’s a pretty straightforward fight for Conor to be honest. Will he get it?
“I can tell you that we’re in talks. It will be decided whether they are going to go with that fight within days.”
Such a move would come at a price though, as UFC president Dana White has asserted on more than one occasion. An opportunity to challenge Alvarez for his 155lb. crown would see McGregor forced to vacate his own gold – having failed to defend it for the bones of a year (inclusive of a prospective lightweight fight).
“If the next fight is for the lightweight strap, they will take the featherweight belt off Conor,” Kavanagh continued.
A featherweight return for the 28-year-old now looks more unlikely than ever, but the renewed training regimen apparently leaves the door open for a weight-cut to 145lbs. – just in case.
“He’s actually walking around now a lot lighter than he would have.
“Since Conor got back he took last Sunday off, that’s all. He’s been training every day. He is leaving himself in such a way that featherweight would not be out of the question.”