Conor McGregor’s longtime coach, John Kavanagh, has picked a potential opponent for the former UFC two-weight champion in his highly-anticipated mixed martial arts return.
The promotion’s biggest draw has been out of action since his historic UFC 229 clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which topped the record for the highest pay-per-view buys in the UFC history.
After completing his six-month suspension that stemmed from the ugly post-fight brawl with Team Khabib, McGregor has been dropping hints about his Octagon return.
Most recently, Conor said he wants to fight in Ireland on December 14 – a date set for the UFC 245 pay-per-view event at the T-mobile Arena.
However, UFC president, Dana White, claimed that the Irishman is likely to return early next year if he is not booked for the Las Vegas card.
A lot of big names have been linked to a collision course with McGregor, but if Kavanagh were to be asked, he would go for former featherweight champion, Frankie Edgar.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 20, 2019
For The Fans
In an interview with The Mac Life, the Straight Blast Gym coach stressed that the McGregor vs Edgar fight would be a massive treat for the fans.
“I think him and Frankie Edgar would be a great fight,”
“I think it was in the works when Conor was kind of going on that featherweight tear. He’s an ex-champion, great fighter.”
“Yeah, if it was me, I would love to see the Frankie Edgar fight this year if possible. And then go on another run in 2020.”
Kavanagh assured it would be an entertaining matchup between two-former UFC champions.
“Frankie has a style that’s very difficult to deal with.”
“But it’s also one we’re somewhat familiar with. Even from his first fight with [Marcus] Brimage. This small, fast guy, quick hands, wrestling. But Frankie’s just been in there with everybody.”
“World champion, beaten legends like B.J. Penn and so on. I just think that’s a great match for the fans and for me. I’d love to see it.”
John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar ‘would be a great fight’ to come back to https://t.co/S7nQAgj3zp
— MMA Junkie (@MMAjunkie) September 24, 2019
Stealing The Show
Unfortunately for Kavanagh, the fight would be difficult to make as the former featherweight champion has recently moved down to bantamweight class, following a lopsided defeat to Max Holloway at UFC 240.
But regardless of McGregor’s next opponent, the veteran MMA coach plans to bring back his old crew to help the Irishman reclaim his glory days.
“I don’t think [me cornering Conor is in doubt]. I’m sure I’ll be there, we talk almost daily,” he said in a previous interview, per Sports Joe.
“He doesn’t have a fight lined up yet obviously but as soon as he does we’ll get the old gang back together and start plotting, training and I’m sure he’ll steal the show again.”
“There’s no doubt he’ll do that.”
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 17, 2019
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar)