John Kavanagh explains why he wants Conor McGregor to fight Nate Diaz before Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC fans are still waiting for Conor McGregor to make his return to the Octagon for the first time in over a year and a half and, depending on the outcome of his current court case, they may have to wait a little while longer.

There is hope that Notorious will step back into the Octagon for UFC later this year, with many expecting it to be against his rival and current UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

During an interview with Robin Black of MMANYT, via MMAFighting, John Kavanagh, head coach of the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion stated that while the fight vs Khabib is next, he would rather see McGregor fight vs someone else instead.

Nate Diaz

Kavanagh stated that he would rather see Notorious finish his trilogy fights vs Nate Diaz than fight the Russian because he provides more of a challenge for the Irishman.

He said: “Nate Diaz is my favorite fight, by the way. If I could pick a fight for the next one it would be that trilogy. I realize it’s not the fan-favorite.

“The fan favorite, without a close second, is the Khabib fight, but for me, it’s the Nate Diaz rematch and I think the Khabib fight is a lot more straight forward.”


Kavanagh explained that Diaz would be the more challenging fight for McGregor because he is a much tougher opponent to knockout.

He said: ”For me, he had already lost to him, it’s a bigger guy, Conor’s skill set is shutting people’s consciousness off and he’s impossible – a freaking Homer Simpson head, he just keeps moving forward.

“Conor’s bravery in [the fight], I’ve seen Conor fight a lot of people that he’s able to walk through and that’s great, it’s fun and you raise a belt, but it doesn’t it doesn’t really excite me that much, not really.

“But that fight, if you’d been around him, by the time he’d got backstage [after losing the first Diaz fight], we were watching that night, and then the next morning he was not off the phone until Lorenzo and Dana said that would be his next fight.”

Many UFC fans would love to see the McGregor-Diaz trilogy completed as well but, as Kavanagh has admitted, the lure of McGregor-Khabib may be too much for UFC to ignore.

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