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McGregor’s Coach Talks Conor’s Next Move

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(Conor McGregor celebrates his win over Dustin Poirier after their featherweight fight during the UFC 178 event inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 27, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada)

Prior to the fight with Jose Aldo, Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh had said he thought that would be Notorious’s final fight at 145. However, that no longer seems to be the case. Kavanagh appeared recently on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour, and said the team wants it all – a lightweight title fight in the spring, and a featherweight title defense in the summer.

If successful, that would mean McGregor became only the third fighter to win belts in two divisions in UFC history, and the first to do it the same time. Randy Couture was the first in 2007, and BJ Penn the second in 2008.

“I do think the next one will be lightweight for the title,” said the coach, as transcribed by the Daily Mail. “Maybe that’s going to be around April. March, April, something like that.

“Maybe that and then July, UFC 200. Maybe he’ll defend the featherweight belt against Frankie on that card.

“He’s never going to wait until July. Even if I was to suggest it or encourage it, I know it’s a pointless effort.”

On Saturday McGregor also outlined the two belt plan.

{I’ll tell you one thing that won’t be happening,” said McGregor. “If I move to the lightweight division, there’s no way in hell I’m vacating that belt; that’s not happening.”

“I understand why fighters have done that [before] because many fighters don’t fight as often as me, I stay busy.

“The belts will still be active because I am active, I’m as active as anyone.”

“I will have one belt on one shoulder and one on the other.”

Whether the UFC agrees that a two-belt champion is a good idea is another story, but Conor McGregor is a game changer.

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Aaron Portier
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