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Coach: My reputation is at stake when Conor McGregor rematches Nate Diaz at UFC 202

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This one is for all the marbles.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor was given the opportunity to avenge his high-profile loss to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 -- which came by way of submission -- when they run it back at the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) event later this month in Las Vegas, Nevada.

But he's not the only one with something to prove, as Coach John Kavanagh explained to The 42:

"This is a very important fight for Conor, but I also feel that my own reputation as a coach is at stake. This contest can be a bit of a game-changer for us all. We want to deliver a contest which will remove any doubts or questions in the aftermath. We want to put a definitive stamp on this to prove that for us, it really is a case of win or learn... There can be no excuses here if we don't get the result we're pursuing. The preparation has been flawless. But the reassuring thing from our point of view is that I know we won't need any excuses because it's not going to come to that."

I'm sure I've heard that somewhere before...

Much like his "Notorious" pupil, Kavanagh had some pretty lofty expectations for their 2016 fight campaign. One that included three world titles in as many weight classes. Instead, McGregor is saddled with trying to prove his first UFC loss was a fluke, and not a sign of things to come.

I guess we'll find out for sure in less than two weeks.

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