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Thursday, Feb 11, 2016

John Kavanagh Says Conor McGregor Moving to 170, Fighting For Title “Wouldn’t Surprise Me at All”

John Kavanagh (left) and Conor McGregor (photo via UFC.com)

By FCF Staff

There’s been speculation recently that Conor McGregor could move to welterweight and fight for the title, provided he defeats Rafael dos Anjos, and the star’s coach says it’s possible.

McGregor is moving up from 145 pounds to face dos Anjos on March 5th for the UFC’s lightweight title. Since the promotion is allowing the featherweight champ to fight for another belt, talk has begun as to whether they might want McGregor to face welterweight champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 200.

Well, recently McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, wrote an article for the Irish publication The 42. In it, Kavanagh had this to say about the recent rumors tied to the featherweight star.

Speaking of welterweights, I’ve seen that rumours of Conor fighting Robbie Lawler for the 170lbs belt at UFC 200 on 9 July have been gathering momentum. It’s not something we have discussed specifically but after Conor wins the lightweight belt, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next fight is for the welterweight belt.

If that’s what Conor wants to do, I’ll absolutely support that move. I think that would be fantastic. We’re already talking about making history in a few weeks, but can you imagine what it will be like if Conor is the champion in three weight classes by the summer?

UFC officials have not commented publicly on whether they would allow McGregor to move up and challenge for another division’s title in consecutive fights.

posted by FCF Staff @ 6:28 pm
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