Conor McGregor could fight Floyd Mayweather or Tyron Woodley next
Since becoming a double UFC champion by beating Eddie Alvarez in November, Conor McGregor has not fought and is on an elongated break from the sport ahead of the imminent birth of his first child.
But the Irishman has not taken a break from talking and believes he could book a mega-fight against legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather in September.
The 49-fight unbeaten American seems keen on the bout, which would be the most lucrative in boxing history, but the pair are yet to come to an agreement.
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However, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has revealed that the camp have a back up plan if the Mayweather clash falls through.
“What I see happening this year is the Mayweather fight, maybe the end of the summer or something like that”, Kavanagh said.
“[But] let’s say Mayweather doesn’t want to do it, for whatever reason.
“Then I could see us fighting in MMA by the end of the summer, [for] the lightweight belt.”
UFC stripped McGregor of his featherweight title two weeks after he knocked out Alvarez due to inactivity in the division.
The 28-year-old refused to accept the refusal and still calls himself a reigning double champion.
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Conor McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez to claim the UFC Lightweight Championship in November
But Kavanagh claims McGregor is about more than just belts.
“One thing you’ve got to understand about Conor — and this might rattle your bones — is his motivation is not money when it comes to fighting,” Kavanagh added.
“Right now, even with his ridiculous spending habits, he wouldn’t be able to spend his money by the time he retired.
“It’s not money that’s getting him up in the morning.
“It’s the competition.
“It’s facing someone he genuinely feels is a threat.”
One man many in the UFC world believe could pose that threat is Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Tyron Woodley beat Stephen Thompson at UFC 209 in March
The No 1 ranked lightweight challenger had been due to face No 2 Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 last month but the Russian fell ill prior to the weigh in and the fight was cancelled.
“I had picked Khabib to win that”, Kavanagh said.
“I thought he would be in a few difficult situations for the first round or two and then he’d wear down Tony as he does to all his opponents.
“It will sound cocky but I genuinely don’t see a massive challenge in either of them.
“If you look at their last couple of fights — Khabib got badly rocked by [Michael] Johnson and he really struggles to make that weight.”