Conor Mcgregor is preparing up for a return to action in 2018, as per coach John Kavanagh.
The Straight Blast Gym coach John Kavanagh insists 2018 will feature more magnificent moments featuring his top fighter.
UFC lightweight champ Conor Mcgregor was last seen in action at UFC 205 when he dethroned Eddie Alvarez and earned a lightweight title back in November of 2016. Ever since Mcgregor came short against Floyd Mayweather in their highly anticipated boxing match in the boxing ring this past August, everyone is wondering whats coming next.
Coach John Kavanagh said in an interview with BBC Sport, that Mcgregor is currently in the process of assessing what the right next move is and hoping it’s a return to the UFC’s Octagon.
“I’m just happy to see him back, just regular training,” (h/t MMAFighting.com), referencing Conor McGregor’s return to MMA training “He had a lot going on in his life. A lot of stuff outside of fighting was going on in his life and he seems to be getting the hang of all that. Now he’s back training almost every day now and I think 2018 will be another big year for us. Exactly what that is, I don’t know yet, but the plan is forming. Stay tuned.”
McGregor has been called out by all-time great boxers Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya for another possible fight under boxing rules. But coach Kavanagh said 2018 will be a great year for their team as they put their main focus back to MMA return.
John Kavanagh further discussed that McGregor is currently weighing his options, but that he is definitely still the true UFC lightweight champion.
“Conor’s still the champion,” said Kavanagh. “He can says what he wants but I have his belt at home. He’s still the champion. He’s making the decision on what makes sense for the next move but it’s kind of early days yet. We’re just watching how that has developed while he’s been away. Let’s see what happens in 2018. I’m excited about it.”
“You want to know my opinion?” Kavanagh continued. “I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done but mixed martial arts is my passion so if I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”
Dagestani Khabib Nurmagomedov has also taken shots while UFC president Dana White last week told McGregor to book a fight soon. Moreover, they traded barbs on social media last week.
However, the UFC is trying to book McGregor against interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, who won the title back in October. Since then, Ferguson is campaigning to get this fight booked.
who do you think Conor McGregor will fight next if he makes his Octagon return?