Oh, what could’ve been, according to Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, regarding a potential fight against Justin Gaethje.
Back in May, McGregor took to Twitter to not only go off on the UFC lightweight champion in Khabib but also guaranteed that he would be willing to fight in an empty arena.
He also said that he would be the next in line to fight Gaethje, who just beat Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 and is expected to fight Khabib for the strap later this year.
In a recent social media video chat recorded by MMA World the SBG Ireland Head Coach stated he wishes this fight could’ve been booked because that’s the fight that he wanted to see.
“The Gaethje fight is probably the best fight I could imagine,” Kavanagh said on a recent social media Q&A (H/T to Bloody Elbow). “Because he has a style that really matches well Conor. Gaethje likes to march forward, he sits down on his shots, throws heavy shots, doesn’t seem to care about getting hit. He likes coming forward. Conor’s always done very well as a counter fighter — although he does walk forward, he responds to people’s attacks very well.”
“Gaethje has a lot of momentum behind him at the moment. He had that great win over Tony, and I think he’s on some huge win streak at the moment. He’s very confident, maybe the next champion if he beats Khabib, or if Khabib retires he’d be at the top of the list.
“For a bunch of reasons, I would’ve — I know it was close to being done. It’s kind of sad now that it didn’t happen,” he said. “We obviously had the coronavirus and how everything went with the world. I think we could have been getting ready for that fight any week now if things hadn’t happened the way they did, but here we are.”