Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh has welcomed the possibility of the Dubliner moving up to challenge for the welterweight title in the future.
Rumours have gathered momentum that McGregor will target a third UFC world title should he claim the lightweight title at UFC 196 – but Kavanagh admitted in his the42.ie column that he’d welcome the idea, but it wasn’t something that they’ve talked about.
The SBG head coach wrote:
“I’ve seen that rumours of Conor fighting Robbie Lawler for the 170lbs belt at UFC 200 on 9 July have been gathering momentum.
“It’s not something we have discussed specifically but after Conor wins the lightweight belt, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next fight is for the welterweight belt.
“If that’s what Conor wants to do, I’ll absolutely support that move. I think that would be fantastic. We’re already talking about making history in a few weeks, but can you imagine what it will be like if Conor is the champion in three weight classes by the summer?”
It has been suggested that if McGregor becomes the lightweight champion, he could vacate the featherweight title.
With Jose Aldo saying he will only take a title fight or a McGregor rematch, Frankie Edgar on the cusp of a title shot, and Hawaiian Max Holloway knocking on the door, it’s unlikely the UFC will allow McGregor to compete at two weight classes as champion.
On the issue, Kavanagh said:
“He’s obviously already the featherweight champion but we haven’t thought about that recently as we’ve been totally focused on the lightweight belt. Once that’s out of the way, we’ll talk about what to do with the featherweight belt.
“As time goes on, it’s harder to predict what will happen in the future. Conor has a sort of unusual body type in that even though he can make featherweight, he’s still a very big lightweight.
“Given some time, as well as a bit of strength and conditioning work, he could also be a force at welterweight. This is an interesting time,” he added.
McGregor will meet Rafael Dos Anjos in just under three weeks’ time, as the fighting pride of Dublin bids to become the first ever dual-weight world champion in the promotion’s history.
David Clarke, Pundit Arena