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Conor McGregor’s Coach Makes Shock Admission About Potential Justin Gaethje Fight

Conor McGregor’s Coach Makes Shock Admission About Potential Justin Gaethje Fight

Conor McGregor's coach has revealed that an MMA super-fight with UFC star Justin Gaethje was "close to being done."

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The 'Highlight' stepped up to face Ferguson after UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov was stuck in his native homeland due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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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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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.

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"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."

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Gaethje is now expected to challenge McGregor's fierce rival, Khabib, for the UFC lightweight championship.

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Topics: Conor Mcgregor, Justin Gaethje, Notorious, UFC News, MMA News, John Kavanagh, Highlight, UFC, MMA

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