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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

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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. 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

Conor McGregor ’s coach , John Kavanagh, would rather see his fighter take on Justin Gaethje than Jorge Masvial or Khabib Nurmagomedov in his next UFC outing. The fans appear to want McGregor to fight Masvidal at welterweight , UFC president Dana White wants to see him rematch Khabib for

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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.

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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 .’

Gaethje and McGregor have traded barrbs in recent weeks after Gaethje defeated Tony Ferguson to set up a lightweight title shot at undefeated Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov. "Try and dance around what the real threat is here all you want . "I am going to f*cking butcher you. Your teeth.

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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