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UFC 209: Conor McGregor’s coach believes Khabib Nurmagomedov is a better version of Georges St-Pierre

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will crown a new interim lightweight champion this Saturday night (March 4, 2017) when Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson collide in the UFC 209 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event in Las Vegas, Nevada.

More on that upcoming showdown here.

The winner is expected to move on to unify the 155-pound titles in a champion vs. champion bout opposite Conor McGregor, though a timeline for that contest has not been established while “Notorious” plays Twitter-tag with Floyd Mayweather.

The preferred opponent?

Coach Kavanagh states his case to Submission Radio:

“It’s kind of two ways to look at it. Like, my love is MMA. That’s the sport that I love. I think any other combat sport is a subset of mixed martial arts. Mixed martial arts is the freest form of combat sport there is. So that’s my love and I’m a big fan of Conor’s fighting in MMA. So yeah, my number one thing would be for Conor to fight MMA. That’s my number one thing. That’s my selfish number one, what I would like to see. Which opponent? I’ve said it before – the Nate (Diaz) rematch interests me a lot because it’s 1-1 and (because of) how the styles match up. Almost on a par with that, not much difference will be the winner of Khabib and Ferguson this weekend. I think Khabib does it, so I think Khabib will be the winner. So Khabib will be the match up out of that. Below that would be GSP. Purely because GSP was an incredible fighter, (I’m a) big fan of him, I’ve learnt a lot from watching his fights, but it’s a long time since he’s fought and the game changes very, very quickly and I think Khabib is sort of like a better version of GSP. Although we don’t know, it’s hard to tell how GSP and Khabib would match up. But yeah, MMA-wise, Nate or almost on a par winner of Khabib/Ferguson.”

Don’t expect any complaints from Diaz.

McGregor is currently riding the pine while his longtime girlfriend gives birth to their first child. There was talk of a Georges St-Pierre super fight after “Rush” announced his return to combat sports, but it was a match up that never got past the conversation stage.

For now.