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Conor McGregor trainer reveals fight he wants for UFC comeback as Notorious ramps up training for summer showdown

CONOR McGREGOR trainer John Kavanagh has up to four names he would like the Irishman to fight when he returns to the UFC.

McGregor is gearing up for a huge return to the UFC this year after spending all of 2022 on the sidelines.


MMA trainer John Kavanagh with Conor McGregorCredit: See legend

But motivating the multi-millionaire fighter to return to training camp is among Kavanagh’s top priorities.

He said on The MMA Hour: “What matters to me is, let’s say I see Conor this week and we’re chatting and he says a few names and I see one name is particularly eye-opening, especially gets his rhythm going up and down the living room and showing me what he’s going to do and what he’s not going to do.

“That would absolutely be the most important thing for me is that it’s a name that’s going to excite him.

“Because for Conor, to train for that next fight, he definitely has to find something that massively motivates him to get him out of the silk pants and into the gym sweaty.

“What’s it going to be? A few million more? Is that going to really motivate him? I don’t think so.

“He’s got a few championship belts. Right? I don’t think so. So I think it’s going to be more a particular opponent, a particular skill set and how that compares to him.”

McGregor, 34, hasn’t fought since July 2021, when he broke his leg in the first round of his trilogy fight against Dustin Poirier, 34.

The chaotic ending led to both men opening the door to a sensational fourth fight against each other, with both boasting knockout victories.


Michael Chandler, 36, has also become a favorite to fight McGregor due to his electric and thrilling style.

Former rival Nate Diaz, 37, who despite leaving the UFC will still be an option for a trilogy decider with the pair tied apiece.

Even Justin Gaethje, 34, threw his name in the hat after years of back and forth with McGregor.

But Kavanagh said: “You have the great Nate Diaz obviously in there.

“Justin Gaethje would be a very interesting match, someone he’s never fought before. The Poirier fight, we’ve done that so many times at this point and it’s just weird.

“Michael Chandler, a great fighter, a great athlete. They’re all brilliant. They’re all going to bring something different to the contest.

“What I would look for would be the one name that would make Conor move. Makes him get off his stool, makes him move and excites him.

“Some of the names I’ve heard him mention are like, ‘Oh yeah, I would fight him’, but if I see that level of disinterest, I’d be nervous not to make him spend 12 weeks of being in a very challenging environment where if that’s a name that’s exciting, then training is fun and training is easy.

Conor McGregor back in training


Conor McGregor back in trainingCredit: @thenotoriousmma


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