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Coach John Kavanagh details Conor McGregor's potential return to featherweight

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The rematch is on and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight king Conor McGregor will get another chance to debunk Nate Diaz at UFC 202 on August 20 live on pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Remember, Diaz previously defeated McGregor via second-round submission back at UFC 196, ending the biggest hype train in mixed martial arts (MMA) history and gaining unforeseen popularity in the same breath.

As McGregor continues his unprecedented journey outside of the 145-pound weight class, he leaves behind a plethora of deserving contenders, hungry veterans, and a legacy that remains unfinished. With the Irishman's absence from the division, former UFC champions Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar will duke it out for interim title rights at UFC 200 on July 9.

Considering McGregor seems to do whatever he wants under UFC watch, his return to the weight class he currently rules is uncertain at this time. In a recent interview with Jonathan Shrager of the MMAUnderground (h/t FOX Sports), McGregor's head coach, John Kavanagh, details the superstar's potential future at 145 pounds.

"The short answer is I don't know," said Kavanagh. "I'm very intrigued to see the Aldo and Edgar fight. I hope Aldo is fully recovered from the bad knockout. I thought (Chad) Mendes went back in there really quick after the knockout against Conor."

Kavanagh is eluding to McGregor's 13-second knockout of Aldo back at UFC 194 to unify the Featherweight title.

"People don't realize the damage it does -- it takes a long time to recover, and I think Mendes went down quicker in that fight because of that," added Kavanagh. "Maybe if he'd let himself rest a bit more he might have had more fight for Edgar. I hope that's not the case for Aldo, (I hope) we get to see a solid version of Aldo and a new kind of improved Edgar, and see what different from the first fight. So yea, let's see that, and assess after the rematch. It's kind of those two names and (Max) Holloway kind of in the mix, so it's an interesting time."

It's funny that he should mention Holloway considering McGregor defeated the Hawaiian back at UFC Fight Night 26 in 2013. Since then, Holloway has won a staggering nine-straight fights, including a unanimous decision win over Ricardo Lamas at UFC 199, and is certainly on the short list of deserving title contenders. He remains the only fighter to ever take McGregor the distance.

"I thought Holloway looked fantastic the other night [at UFC 199]. I've said it ever since Conor fought Max, I had him as the second best 145er in the division," said Kavanagh. "I think he's the best of them all. That's just my own personal opinion. And he looked very, very good against Lamas -- I was actually surprised he didn't stop him, but Lamas is a tough guy, so, it went the distance. Holloway really stood out in that fight for me."

Win or lose at UFC 202, it seems likely that McGregor will, or at least should, go back down to 145 pounds and defend his title.

But who truly knows. If he wipes the canvas with Diaz and reclaims his aura of invincibility, "Notorious" may very well try to settle the score with current UFC Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler.

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