According to McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh, two titles may not be enough to satisfy his desire to become the greatest champion to ever compete in mixed martial arts.
“Maybe the pursuit of belts won’t stop there either. I’ve said from the beginning that welterweight may not be out of the question,” Kavanagh said on The 42 just after McGregor’s title fight was announced.
Conor McGregor is set to face lightweight king Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC 197 in only the second ever matchup of champion versus champion in the promotion.
“One of Conor’s main sparring partners, Gunnar Nelson, is a welterweight, so Conor is very used to that feel. I would not be at all surprised if we’re preparing to go for a third belt a year from now.”
McGregor has said in the past that the cut to featherweight is tough, but he’s never missed the mark and will eventually return there to defend the title after he’s finished with dos Anjos in March.
“Conor has been cutting down to 145 pounds since he was 16. He’s now 27 so it will be nice to take a break from that weight cut,” Kavanagh said.
“We’ve done it plenty of times before and we’ll do it again. Funnily enough, the last weight-cut — for the (Jose) Aldo fight — was probably the best one yet thanks to the help of George Lockhart, who’s on board again for this fight. He’s part of the team now. You’ve seen Conor on salads — now watch what he’s like on steak.
“It just allows us to focus even more on training and less on cutting weight. I think people will be surprised too when they see him standing beside these guys and they realize that even at lightweight, Conor is a pretty big guy.”
The goal for McGregor long term, according to his coach, is to break as many records as he can while he’s still competing in the UFC.