McGregor to fight for welterweight title in July?

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has revealed that there is a possibility the reigning featherweight champion could fight Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title at UFC 200 in July.

McGregor defeated Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194 on December 12 to be crowned featherweight champion and is now set to face lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196 on March 5. Should McGregor be victorious, he will make history by becoming the UFC’s first fighter to hold two different title belts.

However, Kavanagh has hinted that McGregor may not stop there as the Irishman could look to win his third title if all goes according to plan against Dos Anjos.

“I’ve seen that [rumors] of Conor fighting Robbie Lawler for the [170-pound] belt at UFC 200 on July 9 have been gathering momentum,” Kavanagh wrote in his column for the42.ie. “It’s not something we have discussed specifically but after Conor wins the lightweight belt, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if the next fight is for the welterweight belt.

“If that’s what Conor wants to do, I’ll absolutely support that move. I think that would be fantastic. We’re already talking about making history in a few weeks, but can you imagine what it will be like if Conor is the champion in three weight classes by the summer?”

With McGregor’s highly-anticipated fight against Dos Anjos less than a month away, Kavanagh admitted that it was a relief not having to worry about McGregor’s weight and being able to solely focus on preparing for the bout.

“Normally at this stage — three weeks out from a fight — there would be a lot of emphasis on the scales for Conor,” Kavanagh wrote. “However, given that he’s fighting at 155 pounds this time instead of 145 pounds, it’s nice not having to worry about bringing the weight down so much.

“All the training is focused on improvement, as opposed to making weight. If anything, we’ve had more fun in this training camp than ever before. Nobody gets into this sport to be the best weight cutter. This time, everything has been geared towards getting better, not getting lighter.”

Kavanagh added that McGregor hasn’t had the opportunity to mull over who his first featherweight title defence will be against as the 27-year-old is fully focused on his fight with Dos Anjos.

“He’s obviously already the featherweight champion but we haven’t thought about that recently as we’ve been totally focused on the lightweight belt,” Kavanagh wrote. “Once that’s out of the way, we’ll talk about what to do with the featherweight belt.

“As time goes on, it’s harder to predict what will happen in the future. Conor has a sort of unusual body type in that even though he can make featherweight, he’s still a very big lightweight,” Kavanagh continued. “Given some time, as well as a bit of strength and conditioning work, he could also be a force at welterweight. This is an interesting time.”

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