The UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor is getting ready for much talked about rematch with Nate Diaz on UFC 202 at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena on August 20.
Questions are asked whether ‘The Notorious’ will ever come back to defend his title at featherweights. According to his coach John Kavanagh, he is not too sure if about the possibility, however he is keeping tabs on the upcoming fight between Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title on UFC 200.
If the Irishman is really serious about retaining his title then he’ll have to face the winner of this fight in the near future, quite possibly after the Diaz rematch. For this Kavanagh will be keeping tabs on Aldo vs. Edgar fight on July 9 at UFC 200, in order to prepare McGregor for a future fight.
Kavanagh said: “The short answer is I don’t know. I’m very intrigued to see the Aldo and Edgar fight, I hope Aldo is fully recovered from the bad knockout. I thought (Chad) Mendes went back in there really quick after the knockout against Conor (Mendes suffered a first round KO by Edgar last December, five months after being comprehensively beaten by McGregor). People don’t realize the damage it (being knocked out) does – it takes a long time to recover, and I think Mendes went down quicker in the Edgar fight because of that.”
“Maybe if he’d let himself rest a bit more he might have had more fight for Edgar. I hope that’s not the case for Aldo, I hope we get to see a solid version of Aldo and a new kind of improved Edgar, and see what’s different from the first fight (which Aldo won in February 2013). So yea, let’s see that, and assess after the rematch. It’s kind of those two names and (Max) Holloway kind of in the mix, so it’s an interesting time.” Coach added.
“Mystic Mac” defeated Aldo last December in a memorable fight, ended the Brazilian’s five year undefeated run in just 13 seconds. After the win, McGregor made a career defining decision of moving up two weight classes to take on Nate Diaz in March. Although it didn’t go according to plans as he succumbed to a 2nd round defeat after dominating the 1st round, but the fight was a big hit on pay-per-view and made him a rich man.