ByJason Nawara, writer at
Jason Nawara

's coach John Kavanagh shares a special bond with his superstar fighter. Not only have the two Irishmen sweat and bled together for years, they seem to share the same proclivity for predicting the future. After all, Kavanagh did say he'd have a fighter at Madison Square Garden three years before MMA was legal in New York. Now he has Conor McGregor chasing history where Ali and Frazier once threw down.

That's why you have to take Coach K's words seriously when he talks about McGregor's plans for his title(s). He said this on Ariel Helwani's MMA Hour:

This is a special time in MMA. The stars had to align just to get McGregor on this platform, and while the UFC pushed him to the moon, it was him and his team's hard work that got him to this historic moment. A dual-weight champion, one that just beat Nate Diaz at welterweight. Things have been moving so fast that it's been difficult to just stop and think about what McGregor has done in the last 12 months. 12 months!

Kavanagh agrees. The time is now:

“I don’t think it will be done again. It took a special person to sort of ‘bend’ the UFC into awarding this. Back in the simpler days of the UFC when Penn could go up and win the welterweight belt, those days are done. We’re in a new era of MMA, we’re in a new era of the UFC and I do believe this is the last opportunity for anybody to have two belts at the same time."

Now McGregor just needs to go out there and do it. (Via MMA Fighting)


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