‘McGregor’s opponent to be revealed this week’

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has said that the UFC featherweight champion’s UFC 200 opponent will be revealed this week.

All signs point to a rematch between McGregor and Nate Diaz after the latter ended the Irishman’s unbeaten streak at UFC 196 earlier this month by making him submit in the second round.

There is also speculation that McGregor will return to the featherweight division and defend his title in a rematch against Jose Aldo, who he beat in 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December to be crowned featherweight champion.

However, Kaganagh believes all the rumours will be put to bed by the end of the week.

“I believe it is going to be announced this week,” Kavanagh told the Daily Star. “And, whoever it is there will be a group of fans that will go, ‘Oh I didn’t want to see that, I wanted to see this.’

“You know, no matter who you pick, there are gonna be people happy and there are gonna be people unhappy.

“The truth is when it is all said and done, fast forward three or four years when he is wrapping up his career, everybody will have been met. All styles will have been beaten.”

Should McGregor face Diaz in a rematch, the 27-year-old’s training partner, Gunnar Nelson, believes that the Irishman will look to avenge his loss by taking his time to wear Diaz down before striking.

“I think he will take his time and pick him apart a bit better,” Nelson told Starsport. “I think Diaz won’t be able to get him down when Conor is on and he reserves his energy and his balance is there.

“I think the second (fight) Conor will pick him apart, but I think he’ll take a little bit more time doing it. Diaz is a tough guy and he’s used to being in there but he should’ve put him away. But I think he can if he takes his time.

“He was winning the fight and then he kind of just ran out. He punched himself out a little bit and didn’t reserve his energy as well as he could’ve. And I believe that’s what cost him the fight. And I think it will be different if they fight again.”