UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will probably be the comeback fight for superstar Conor McGregor however McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has other ideas as well.
Speaking to analyst Robin Black on Friday, Kavanagh actually wants McGregor to complete his trilogy against Nate Diaz.
“Nate Diaz is my favourite fight, by the way,” Kavanagh said (via MMANYTT). “If I could pick a fight for the next one it would be that trilogy. I realise it’s not the fan-favorite.”
“The fan favorite without a close second is the Khabib fight, but for me, it’s the Nate Diaz rematch and I think the Khabib fight is a lot more straightforward.”
McGregor and Diaz first met at UFC 196 where Diaz handed McGregor his first loss in the promotion. Five months after, McGregor was able to avenge his loss by defeating Diaz via majority decision. For Kavanagh, getting that win over Diaz is actually more exciting than winning a belt.
“For me, he had already lost to him, it’s a bigger guy. Conor’s skill set is shutting people’s consciousness off and he’s impossible – a freaking Homer Simpson head, he just keeps moving forward,” Kavanagh said of Diaz.
“Conor’s bravery in it [the fight], I’ve seen Conor fight a lot of people that he’s able to walk through and that’s great, it’s fun and you raise a belt, but it doesn’t it doesn’t really excite me that much, not really,” he added.
“But that fight, if you’d been around him, by the time he’d got backstage [after losing the first Diaz fight], we were watching that night, and then the next morning he was not off the phone until Lorenzo and Dana said that would be his next fight.”