“I do think the next one will be lightweight for the belt. Maybe that’s going to be around April. March, April – something like that. … Maybe that and then July, UFC 200. Maybe he’ll defend the featherweight belt against Frankie on that card… He’s never gonna wait until July. Even if I was to suggest it or encourage it, I know it’s a pointless effort… Everybody’s time will come. Everybody will get their shot against him. People have to be a little patient, but it definitely will come.”
-Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh talks to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to discuss what he thinks will come next for the new UFC Featherweight Champion after his UFC 194 victory over Jose Aldo.
Penick’s Analysis: This is all dependent on who wins Saturday in Orlando. If it’s Cerrone, both he and McGregor like to fight often, and the UFC could easily book that fight for, say, New York in April if that event gets booked. If not, the fight could be plugged in perhaps even earlier in order to get McGregor to UFC 200 as well. There’s no guarantee the lightweight move will happen, and if negotiations with the UFC get held up at any point that could push his return back as well. Regardless, there’s interest in this type of schedule if it can be put together, and if Edgar has to simply wait a few months to fight McGregor on the biggest event of next year, he might be more than willing to concede April. Of course, as a New Jersey native, Edgar himself would probably like to fight on the New York card (if there is one) in April himself, so the order could potentially be reversed as well.
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