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Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh already has a THIRD UFC belt on his mind

Published 13/01/2016 | 14:44

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor with coach John Kavanagh following the win over Jose Aldo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor with coach John Kavanagh following the win over Jose Aldo. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh believes that his fighter could fight for a UFC title in a third weight division in 2017

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The head of the now famous Straight Blast Gym is preparing The Notorious for one of his biggest challenges yet after it was confirmed last night that McGregor would face Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 197 on March 5.

Kavanagh expects the 27-year-old Crumlin native to add to his impressive record by dispatching Dos Anjos and insisted that a step up to welterweight is not beyond McGregor.

If McGregor steps up to the 170lb division he could potentially hold three UFC title simultaneously.

Writing in his column for the 42.ie, Kavanagh said: "I think people will be surprised too when they see him standing beside these guys and they realise that even at lightweight, Conor is a pretty big guy.

"And maybe the pursuit of belts won’t stop there either. I’ve said from the beginning that welterweight may not be out of the question.

"One of Conor’s main sparring partners, Gunnar Nelson, is a welterweight, so Conor is very used to that feel. I would not be at all surprised if we’re preparing to go for a third belt a year from now."

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