John Kavanagh, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s head coach, talked with “Submission Radio” recently about the future of “Notorious.”
While all eyes remain focused on McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, Kavanagh discussed why his next title defense might come against. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson meet Saturday for the interim title, while some believe a fight with Georges St-Pierre could also be in the works down the road.
“It’s kind of two ways to look at it. Like, my love is MMA. That’s the sport that I love. I think any other combat sport is a subset of mixed martial arts,” he said. “Mixed martial arts is the freest form of combat sport there is. So that’s my love and I’m a big fan of Conor’s fighting in MMA. So yeah, my number one thing would be for Conor to fight MMA. That’s my number one thing. That’s my selfish number one, what I would like to see. Which opponent? I’ve said it before – the Nate (Diaz) rematch interests me a lot because it’s 1-1 and (because of) how the styles match up. 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. Purely because GSP was an incredible fighter, (I’m a) big fan of him, I’ve learnt 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.”