Conor McGregor’s Coach Wants McGregor vs. Diaz III To Take Place On An Incredible Date
Mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor may have lost his professional boxing debut to Floyd “Money” Mayweather, but that has hardly dulled the shine on the UFC’s golden boy. Rumours have run rampant recently that the UFC lightweight champion could very well end up fighting his arch-rival Nate Diaz for the third time, and now McGregor’s coach has weighed in to give his thoughts on the matchup.
McGregor is believed to be returning to the octagon within the next few months, but with top lightweight contenders Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson currently being set to face off at UFC 216 in early October, it seems the Irishman may have decided to look past both of them, and pursue another challenge.
Coach John Kavanagh quickly shot down rumours that McGregor would be returning to the cage on December 30th at UFC 219 to fight Diaz, and instead offered an alternative date.
“December 30th is definitely not happening,” Kavanagh said. “I don’t know how these things get started, but they have a certain way of gaining momentum. I can also tell you that his manager rang me this morning saying that him and Conor had been in meetings all day. Obviously, tomorrow is when we would start to consider the date.”
What other date could possibly be as significant as New Year’s Eve or Christmas to McGregor and his team? St. Patrick’s Day, of course!
“If it was my choice, and I must stress that this is only my choice and that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, it would be Nate Diaz in March,” Kavanagh said. “That’s what I would push towards. I have in my head that it would be a Paddy’s Day card in New York; Nate Diaz 3. I think that would be absolutely amazing. That’s what I would wish for.
“That’s what I’ll be leaning towards with my 0.1 percent influence when I meet with Conor and [McGregor’s manager] Audie [Attar] tomorrow. I want Diaz 3, Paddy’s Day in New York.”
And what of the contenders such as Ferguson and Lee, who will likely be more than ready to fight McGregor by March 2018?
“At this stage, I mention Diaz and people are shouting, ‘What about Khabib?’ or, ‘What about Tony?’ … And there’s Kevin Lee and some other guys — ‘They’re due their shot!’,” Kavanagh added.
“Really, Conor doesn’t have to do that anymore. He won the featherweight belt, interim and unified. He won the lightweight belt. At this stage, he’s only doing fights because they’re fun. A big fight build-up and to win that — that will do for me anyway.”