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Coach: Conor McGregor will fight Frankie Edgar, just not yet

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As Conor McGregor stated prior to his 13-second knockout win over Jose Aldo at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, Nevada, he now has myriad of options for his next step in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

On one hand, "Notorious" is very much interested in moving up to lightweight to vie for that title against the winner of this weekend's (Sat. Dec. 19, 2015) championship fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Donald Cerrone in Orlando, Florida at UFC on FOX 17.

Or, he could simply stay put at featherweight and take on Frankie Edgar, who solidified his spot as No. 1 contender after knocking out Chad Mendes at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 Finale (see it).

As his coach Jon Kavanagh revealed on The MMA Hour, Conor is going to do both. The order in which he does it, however, likely won't sit too well with "The Answer," as John says that fight likely won't happen until UFC 200 in July of 2016.

Which means "Notorious" wants to fight for the 155-pound belt in as little as three months.

"There will always be another guy, that's the sport. A tip of the hat to Frankie, I didn't think it would go that way. It was a fantastic job, beautiful left hook that dropped him clean. And I have no doubt that fight will happen, but I do think the next one will be lightweight for the belt. Maybe in March or April, there's a possibility of a big New York card. So, maybe that and then July at UFC 200 maybe defend the featherweight belt against Frankie. Everybody's time will come, everybody will get their shot at him. People have to a be a bit more patient, but it will come."

The plan is very much a possibility, as Kavanagh says there is no way McGregor will wait until July to fight again, even if he advises him to do so.

When you dissect his timing, McGregor seems to know what's he's doing, as there is a big possibility that UFC stages its first-ever live event in New York in early spring. And putting Conor on that card as co-pilot to this potential championship rematch would do gangbusters at the box office.

Also, UFC 200 will likely be one of the biggest events of 2016, as it will coincide with the annual UFC Fan Expo, International Fight Week, and feature the christening of the brand new MGM-AEG Arena.

Plus, there are rumblings that one Ronda Rousey could be making her return on that card to rematch Holly Holm.

If all goes as planned, Edgar will have to look at his options, too, as he'll have to decide if he wants to sit out seven months for his much-desired title fight or take another bout in the interim.

Decisions, decisions.

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