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12th Feb 2016

Conor McGregor’s coach reacts to Robbie Lawler fight rumours

It could happen...

Ben Kenyon

Conor McGregor hasn’t even faced Rafael Dos Anjos in the historic lightweight title clash at UFC 196 yet, but fans are already getting excited about his next fight.

We’re still weeks away from seeing The Notorious have a crack at 155lb champ RDA as he vies to  become the UFC’s first champion to simultaneously hold belts at two weights.

But all anyone can talk about at the moment is rumours that the Dubliner could be lining up his next superfight at welterweight.

The buzz is that he is eyeing another step up to fight champion Robbie Lawler, and some are saying it could happen at UFC 200 in July.


McGregor already stated his intent to become a three-weight world champion, and now his coach at SBG Dublin John Kavanagh is open to McGregor fighting in a third weight class.

Kavanagh told The42:

It’s not something we have discussed specifically but after Conor wins the lightweight belt, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next fight is for the welterweight belt.

If that’s what Conor wants to do, I’ll absolutely support that move. I think that would be fantastic. We’re already talking about making history in a few weeks, but can you imagine what it will be like if Conor is the champion in three weight classes by the summer?

He’s obviously already the featherweight champion but we haven’t thought about that recently as we’ve been totally focused on the lightweight belt. Once that’s out of the way, we’ll talk about what to do with the featherweight belt.

As time goes on, it’s harder to predict what will happen in the future. Conor has a sort of unusual body type in that even though he can make featherweight, he’s still a very big lightweight. Given some time, as well as a bit of strength and conditioning work, he could also be a force at welterweight. This is an interesting time.