UFC:s största stjärna Conor McGregor (21-4) verkar enligt hans egna team närma sig en comeback. I mars tidigare i år berättade irländaren även att han känner sig skyldig Nate Diaz en trilogimatch där den senare dock avfärdat den möjligheten.
Någon som dock gärna vill se matchen mellan McGregor och Diaz är irländarens coach John Kavanagh. I en nylig intervju med Ariel Helwani berättade han varför han helst vill att detta blir McGregors comeback-match:
I always loved the Diaz trilogy, I’ve kind of said that from the start. I’m really looking forward to seeing how Nate looks in his fight coming up [against Anthony Pettis]. That would be just as a fan, very exciting. Justin Gaethje kind of reminds me of that similar style, you know he can take a tremendous amount of punishment and keep coming forward.
Honestly if it’s Conor excited, motivated, and pushing himself hard, it doesn’t really matter all that much to me. Anybody in the UFC that Conor McGregor would be fighting are good opponents, they have different challenges. If you put a gun to me, it would be the Diaz trilogy.
Vill se McGregor motiverad
Kavanagh utvecklade sedan varför han vill att matchen blir av men McGregor måste också var motiverad när han gör comeback:
I really want to see him motivated. You probably saw the Tony Robbins interview where he spoke about losing that for a bit. This is a game where it’s full-on, it’s full-contact, it’s dangerous. When he won the second belt, [beating Eddie Alvarez] he achieved everything he set out to achieve. He was very wealthy, he was world champion, so you got to sit down and take some time and think what’s going to motivate you to do it anymore?
Kavanagh erkände att McGregor har haft problem med att hitta motivation att fortsätta gå fighter då han åstadkommit så mycker redan i sin karriär. Han säger dock att motivationen nu återvänt:
He said himself that became a bit of a problem, you know like what is it? Is it get another belt, is it make some more money? I think what has come back around, it’s the love of the sport. He loves doing it, he loves training, he loves competing. And legacy, that he’s remembered being one of the best, if not the best ever. So that’s what has really come back to him since the beginning of the year. That’s what I wanted to see. He’s obviously a very well-known student of mine but he’s also somewhat like a kid brother, I wouldn’t want to see him doing something just for the sake of doing it and maybe getting hurt or whatever cause he’s not fully there. Now he absolutely is. We’re having a lot of deep conversations about technical sequences and training regimes and so on, it really reminds me of his rise and to see that again is exciting.
Nate Diaz möter Anthony Pettis vid UFC 241 i sin comeback efter en nästan två år lång frånvaro. UFC:s VD Dana White har å sin sida meddelat att McGregor återävender snart. Det återstår att se mot vem det blir.