Conor McGregor next fight: Coach Kavanagh reveals preference | UFC | Sport

The UFC’s lightweight champion entered the boxing world last August to take part in a multi-million-pound boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

McGregor, who entered the much-maligned bout with no professional boxing experience to his name, acquitted himself well in the early rounds but ended up

Immediately after his unsuccessful boxing debut, McGregor vowed to return to the UFC and defend his lightweight title.

McGregor, the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously, has yet to make good on his promise, much to the frustration of many. 

There are those who are of the belief that the Irishman is holding off on returning to the in order to pursue another mega-money boxing match.

Fights with Paulie Malignaggi, a former member of Team McGregor, and Manny Pacquiao are seemingly on the table for ‘The Notorious’, who has continued to flirt with the idea of re-entering the squared circle.

Kavanagh is well aware of the fact McGregor still holds an interest in boxing but will push his most famous student to have a mixed martial arts fight next.

“You want to know my opinion?” he told BBC Northern Ireland. “I’ll be pushing very hard for MMA. 

“The boxing was a nice detour from what we’ve done but mixed martial arts is my passion so if I have anything to do with it, he’ll be in the octagon this year.”

McGregor, 29, hasn’t set foot inside the Octagon since his historic 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez.

His first fight back in the promotion is expected to be a lightweight title unification bout with interim 155lbs champion Tony Ferguson.

“Nobody has talked about(Nate) Diaz,” UFC president Dana White said after the UFC 216 post-fight press conference. “Diaz has never been talked about. That’s internet bulls**t.

“Tony is the interim champion, Conor is the champion, it’s the fight that makes sense.

“It’s the fight that has to happen. It doesn’t make sense, it’s the fight that has to happen.”

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