Conor McGregor’s Coach Makes Shock Admission About Potential Justin Gaethje Fight
Gaethje, 31, stunned the MMA world in May when he secured a sensational fifth-round TKO win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 for the interim lightweight championship.
The 'Highlight' stepped up to face Ferguson after UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov was stuck in his native homeland due to the coronavirus pandemic.
And now John Kavanagh has admitted that the McGregor camp could have been preparing for the Gaethje fight "any week now."
He said on MMA World: "It was close to being done. It's kind of sad now that it didn't happen.
"We have obviously the coronavirus and how everything went with the world. I think we could've been getting ready for that fight any week now if things hadn't have happened the way they did. But here we are, so all we can do is speculate."
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McGregor, who returned to UFC back in January against Donald Cerrone, has since announced his third retirement in the space of four years.
However, Kavanagh felt that the 'Notorious' facing Gaethje would "probably [be] the best fight" due to their stylistic similarities.
The 43-year-old Irish MMA coach explained: "I think the Gaethje fight is probably the best fight I could imagine because he has the style that really matches well with Conor.
"Gaethje likes to march forward. He sits down on his shots, he throws heavy shots. He doesn't seem to care about being hit.
"And he likes coming forward. Conor's always done very well as a counter fighter. Although he does walk forward, he responds to people's attacks very well."
Gaethje is now expected to challenge McGregor's fierce rival, Khabib, for the UFC lightweight championship.
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