The UFC hasn’t seen Conor McGregor fight for them since November 2016 But according to his coach, John Kavanagh, a return is in the works. Per ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, negotiations are ongoing. Not only that, but his coach has been seeing positive signs during recent training sessions.
“I really have seen the spark back lately,” Kavanagh says. “…I supported [McGregor focusing on other business] and I’m fully behind it, but I do see the spark back. … see him very hungry, coming down to regular jiu-jitsu class and throwing a gi on. Strength and conditioning. There’s a real fire back.”
The fight fans most want to see is McGregor versus Khabib Nurmagomedov, with the latter currently the UFC lightweight title. McGregor currently holds a 21-3 across his mixed martial arts career, with a 9-1 record for the UFC. Khabib, meanwhile, is unbeaten in his MMA career (26-0) with a 10-0 record for Dana White’s promotion.
In the meantime, McGregor is still dealing with legal issues following his presence at UFC 223 media day back in April. However, his coach isn’t here to talk about that.
“I love him to bits. He’s been my kid brother for over 10 years. I am behind him 100 percent. Is he perfect? No. Are you? No. Am I? No. But I know he’s a good person. I’ve seen all the good stuff he’s done. He’s incredibly loyal. He’s a great teammate. What can I say? I support him.”
Of course, we don’t expect his coach to say anything different. But regardless of that, it’s looking more and more likely that Mcgregor is on his way back to the octagon sooner than later. Khabib fight or no Khabib fight, ‘The Notorious’ has plenty to prove upon his return. We don’t know whether or not ring rust truly exists, but we’re going to find out.
And in the end, hopefully the fans finally get what they want.