Conor McGregor’s Coach Believes He’ll Return To UFC In 2019
June 26, 2019
Conor McGregor will fight in the UFC Octagon later this year, according to both his coach and UFC’s president, Dana White.
There have been various instances of McGregor insisting that he was done with UFC, but the Irishman has a passion for fighting, which is what endears him to so many UFC fans. Only in May, McGregor published an image of himself with a bandaged hand that was hurt during a sparring session. McGregor required surgery on the injury, which has kept the former two-division UFC belt holder out of action for longer than he had hoped.
The UFC brand, which recently secured a lucrative partnership deal with online poker network PokerStars, could do with McGregor returning to shake things up once again. McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, believes that he is highly likely to get a match-up before the end of 2019. Kavanagh took McGregor’s training sessions that saw him pick up the nasty hand injury, and although the hand problem marred the sparring somewhat, Kavanagh was delighted to “see him moving again”. McGregor’s coach believes the Irishman is capable of taking a “step back” and “five steps forward” once he is fully fit and raring to go with his hand.
Who would McGregor’s camp want him to fight next?
In a recent interview, Kavanagh was quizzed as to whom McGregor’s camp would like him to face next in the Octagon. He said that both Nate Diaz and Justin Gaethje were appealing fights that would whet the appetite of the UFC fanbase. Nevertheless, he insisted that the identity of McGregor’s next opponent was not hugely important, so long as the bout made the Irishman “excited and motivated”.
It’s been almost nine months since McGregor last appeared in the Octagon. His vitriolic clash with Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov saw the latter submit him in the fourth round of their lightweight title fight. The behaviour from McGregor and his entourage in the build-up to the Nurmagomedov bout was deplorable and was justifiably slammed by UFC president, Dana White. McGregor has done much to help lift the profile of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and although White was dismayed with McGregor’s actions in the last 12-18 months, he also knows that he’s worth a lot to the UFC franchise. McGregor knows it, too, given that he once said to White that he’d only fight in the UFC again if he received a stake in the UFC franchise.
UFC President: McGregor will be back soon
White recently spoke with TMZ Sports and was asked about McGregor’s tweet suggesting that he was considering full-time retirement from the sport to focus on his burgeoning whiskey brand. White responded to those claims by saying that McGregor remains “a competitor” and that he “loves to fight”. Although John Kavanagh mentioned the likes of Diaz and Gaethje, White said that he was confident that McGregor’s ultimate goal was to secure a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor is a sore loser, and that fourth-round submission must have hurt the Irishman’s pride.
Nevertheless, Nurmagomedov is already contracted to fight against Dustin Poirier in September, so it looks like a bout between the two would almost certainly have to wait until 2020. In the meantime, McGregor will sit and wait patiently for everything to play out. Both Tony Ferguson and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone have spoken of their appetite for a fight with McGregor, and the winner of the upcoming bout between the two will be in the pole position to pitch for that match-up.
One thing is for certain—before McGregor can look to move on, he must wait for the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s hearing regarding the post-fight brawl between his and Nurmagomedov’s respective corners. McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, insisted that the camp were “confident” in the results that will come from the hearing, which has been postponed until January. Attar insisted that McGregor has “moved on with his life” following the furore with Nurmagomedov and has focused his efforts on unveiling his new Proper 12 whiskey that’s become an instant hit with his fans in Ireland and beyond.
Author: Tom Mortimer
Tom is the editor at Betting Circle and has been creating online content for over 10 years. Tom mainly writes about sport and gambling, but every now and then also delves into fleshier subjects like politics and psychology. When he was 18 he created HungarianFootball.com and over the last few years he's written on a freelance basis for ESPN, WorldSoccer, Goal.com, among many others.