There has been a lot of talk about Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz possibly having a rubber match after both competitors split their two fights against each other so far. But after McGregor’s win over Diaz at UFC 202, those eagerly awaiting the third part in the trilogy may have to wait a bit, as the outspoken fighter’s coach believes a lightweight title match may be in order soon.

Coach wants McGregor to face Eddie Alvarez for lightweight title

Writing in his regular column for Irish sports site The 42, McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh analyzed his charge’s UFC 202 fight in full detail, but more importantly, discussed a tentative blueprint for his immediate future.

According to Kavanagh, he would personally want McGregor to go up against lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in his next fight, which would potentially allow him to hold two belts at the same time, making him the first UFC fighter to pull off such a feat. And if such a fight would take place, Kavanagh wrote that McGregor may likely knock out Alvarez in two rounds, due to his superb punching power.

McGregor has been UFC’s featherweight champion since December 2015, when he defeated Jose Aldo for the title at UFC 194, taking all of 13 seconds to pull off the knockout win. His two recent fights against Diaz were in the welterweight division, with the first one at UFC 196 coming in lieu of what would have been a lightweight title fight against then-champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Kavanagh will leave it all up to McGregor when choosing next opponent

Although Kavanagh appeared quite confident that McGregor’s next UFC appearance may be the time for him to shoot for a second concurrent UFC title, he added in his column that at the end of the day, it would still be McGregor’s decision as to whom he wants to fight next.

He assured readers that he and McGregor would still “train just like we did” for UFC 202, and that he would push McGregor “to his absolute limits” and choose the right training partners in preparation for his next match.

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