John Kavanagh knows Conor McGregor as well as anybody. The Irishman walked into Kavanagh’s gym with nothing. Then he rose up to become the most successful mixed martial artist in the history of the game. In short, they’ve been through a lot together.
Needless to say, when Kavanagh does any interviews or fan interactions, they ask him about McGregor. When your main fighter is a superstar, this is all part and parcel of the job. In an Instagram Live discussion, he revealed his thoughts about McGregor’s future opponents.
To sum up, he spoke about several fighters. However, Kavanagh also remains adamant that his fellow Irishman is retired. Check out his comments below. Do you believe that McGregor is really retired?
When asked about McGregor’s status, Kavanagh was emphatic. He didn’t give anything away. Most people think it’s a bargaining tactic, but Kavanagh just played dumb. In short, you can’t really blame him for it either. The Dubliner doesn’t like UFC politics. He just wants to coach.
“Yes, he is retired, as far as I can tell,” Kavanagh said. That’s what he said, isn’t it? I can’t convince Conor to do sh*t. Conor will tell Conor what he’s gonna do,” he said. “And who knows? Who knows what’s gonna happen in the future? But as for now, he’s retired.”
“Three fights I would like to see, I’ll give you my top three. It would be Gaethje, I would love that fight, it would be awesome. Diaz, the trilogy, and the Khabib rematch,” he explained. “They would be the three fights I would be very interested in.”
There is also the possibility of a welterweight title fight. McGregor would love to be the first three-weight champion in UFC history. However, champion Kamaru Usman is an atrocious match-up for him. A wrestler, Usman dominates his opponents like few others in the promotion.
“That would be an interesting one,” Kavanagh said of the Usman matchup. “A fair size difference in there. Look I’ll be honest, anybody up to or around about his weight class, if there is a very motivated Conor, I think he beats any of them.
“He has knockout power. He easily has knockout power up to that weight class, and if he was to put in a serious training camp, I think he wins.”