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Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh drops massive hint over the champ's next fight

Published 18/12/2015 | 10:38

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor with coach John Kavanagh following the win over Jose Aldo. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor with coach John Kavanagh following the win over Jose Aldo. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

Conor McGregor could be a dual UFC world champion by April, according to his coach John Kavanagh

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The head of SBG is back in Ireland and has revealed that the featherweight champion is most likely to step up a weight class in his next bout.

A re-match with Jose Aldo, a title defence against Frankie Edgar or a contest with either Rafael Dos Anjos for Donald Cerrone the lightweight belt were the options for the 27-year-old's next bout.

A step up to the 155lb division is looking like the option the Crumlin native will take. Dos Anjos and Cerrone fight in Orlando this weekend for the right to take him on if Kavanagh is correct.

"I think we're looking at late March or mid-April and the lightweight belt. That's what I think is next," Kavanagh told Breakfast Republic on 2FM.

"That's being contested Saturday night so whoever the unfortunate winner of that belt is faces Conor."

Kavanagh was also asked if McGregor's goading of Jose Aldo had been a factor in the Brazilian's performance.

"Conor has an ability to get under people's skin, I'm not sure how much it affected Aldo... only he knows the truth," he added

"He seemed kind of wound up and tense. It doesn't do any harm and it pushes those pay-per-view ratings.

"Maybe it's a Dublin thing, Conor would give a guy in the gym a hard time but it's a playful thing.

"If you really wanna be good at this, there is a sporting aspect and a technical aspect but it is entertainment and it's no harm being good with the mic."

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