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Sports Coach wants McGregor to fight Gaethje at welterweight

12:52  21 january  2020
12:52  21 january  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Usman would entertain McGregor fight if he 'beats someone pretty high up'

  Usman would entertain McGregor fight if he 'beats someone pretty high up' Kamaru Usman seems to be warming up to the idea of a fight with Conor McGregor. The UFC welterweight champion said he would be willing to square off with the Irishman, but only if he proves himself as a worthy contender in the division. "Conor doesn’t even really make sense. Sure, if he comes in the division and beats someone pretty high up there and really makes the case for himself that he can really handle himself in the division, then absolutely I would entertain that fight," Usman told MMA Fighting's Damon Martin.When McGregor hinted last month he wanted to win a UFC belt in a third weight class, Usman initially brushed off the potential matchup.

Kavanagh wants McGregor to stay at 170 pounds, fight Gaethje (2:10). The coach said if it were up to him, McGregor would stay at 170 pounds where he fought Cerrone and only cut Masvidal said if McGregor doesn't want to fight , then welterweight champion Kamaru Usman would be next for him.

Conor McGregor trainer John Kavanagh thinks we'll see his fighter back in the cage sooner than many expect. Otherwise, Kavanagh floated the idea of McGregor facing top lightweight contender Justin Gaethje around the same April timeframe, though the coach wants the fight to take place at

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John Kavanagh, Conor McGregor's head coach, wants his fighter to take on Justin Gaethje at welterweight in his next bout.

"That would be my personal preference," Kavanagh said Monday during "Ariel Helwani's MMA Show." "He's another lightweight, but neither of them have to cut weight ... The vision is getting that 155-pound belt back, so it's a step towards that."

McGregor has several options following his win over Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 on Saturday. Potential opponents include the winner of lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov versus Tony Ferguson, Jorge Masvidal, and welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.

McGregor: No bad blood with Cerrone ahead of UFC 246

  McGregor: No bad blood with Cerrone ahead of UFC 246 Conor McGregor and Donald Cerrone shook hands at the start of the UFC 246 pre-fight press conference. That was the first hint there's no bitterness between the two ahead of Saturday's welterweight bout in Las Vegas. "I have respect for Donald," McGregor said Wednesday evening. "He has earned my respect through his activity and through just observing him. He steps up. He goes through divisions also - not many a man in the business does that. He'sThat was the first hint there's no bitterness between the two ahead of Saturday's welterweight bout in Las Vegas.

Fighting Cerrone at welterweight will give McGregor the opportunity to gauge the interest in a spell at 170lbs, and ‘If he wants to fight outside that weight class again I think the one fight that would be good is Masvidal. If he’s down at 155lb, then someone like Justin Gaethje , who is just down to fight .’

“Conor ( McGregor ) wants Khabib (Nurmagomedov),” said White. “Conor always has a lot of options. McGregor also made history against Cerrone on Saturday night by becoming the first UFC fighter ever to score knockouts in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions.

The Irishman said prior to his latest victory that he could fight Gaethje, but it seems to be one of the less likely outcomes.

UFC president Dana White wants McGregor to fight Nurmagomedov in a rematch if he beats Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18, and the Masvidal bout appears to be the most popular pick among fans and media.

"It'll be (manager) Audie (Attar), and Conor, and the UFC that makes those decisions," Kavanagh said. "I'll just be in the background with the spit bucket."

The coach added that he'd want a potential matchup with Gaethje to happen around the same time that Nurmagomedov-Ferguson does.

McGregor said earlier that he could fight as soon as March or April if he exited the Cerrone bout unscathed. Kavanagh said he'd be surprised if the 31-year-old doesn't fight again before the summer.

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Gaethje thinks McGregor may fight him: 'He has more confidence now' .
Justin Gaethje thinks Conor McGregor may be more willing to fight him after the Irishman got back on track at UFC 246. "Ultimately, that dude makes his own decisions," Gaethje said during an appearance on the "Punchlines Podcast" earlier this week. "I think he has more confidence now. He needed a win. So yeah, I think maybe he'll fight me now." McGregor finished Donald Cerrone 40 seconds into their pay-per-view headliner Saturday night in Las Vegas. It was his first fight since October 2018 and first win since November 2016.

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