On the back of a hugely successful 2015, Conor McGregor is already lining up an exciting 2016.
It was confirmed today that the UFC's featherweight champion will be co-main eventing March's UFC 197, and now his head coach John Kavanagh has hinted at more exciting plans to come.
Speaking to the42.ie, Kavanagh indicated that one popular fighter could get his chance versus McGregor at UFC 200, whilst also hinting another tilt at history could lie ahead:
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"The elephant in the room in this situation, of course, has been Frankie Edgar," the coach explained, soon after McGregor's UFC 197 match against Rafael dos Anjos was announced.
"No matter who Conor’s next opponent was going to be, people would complain. There’s no getting away from that. There are boxes to be ticked and, by the time Conor retires, he’ll have addressed them all.
"Rafael dos Anjos is next. After that, maybe Frankie Edgar will get his chance at UFC 200 on 9 July."
Edgar, in the midst of a five-fight unbeaten streak, is widely regarded as McGregor's biggest rival at the featherweight level. Now, though, with the Irishman moving to welterweight, Edgar is having to bide his time for a shot at the title that fans can't wait to see.
If McGregor does follow up the dos Anjos fight with a title bout against Edgar, it will further emphasise his ability to switch weight categories.
According to Kavanagh, however, there may be even more drastic changes ahead:
"I’ve said from the beginning that welterweight may not be out of the question. One of Conor’s main sparring partners, Gunnar Nelson, is a welterweight, so Conor is very used to that feel.
"I would not be at all surprised if we’re preparing to go for a third belt a year from now."
It looks like McGregor's stunning 13-second K.O. victory over Jose Aldo may just be the beginning.
UFC fans: Is McGregor capable of holding three belts, or should he focus on one? Have your say in the comments below...
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