I love this quote.
"You've seen Conor on salads... now watch what he's like on steak."
That's essentially the sentiment of the Conor McGregor camp right now. Here's what McGregor's coach John Kavanagh had to say in a written statement about his fighter's mindset going into UFC 197.
"There was another option on the table at lightweight, but this is the fight we wanted because it will be the first time any fighter has held two UFC belts simultaneously. B.J. Penn tried but was unable to manage it, but I suppose if there's one thing Conor enjoys doing more than knocking people out, it's breaking records."
"Look at this as a warm-up fight, albeit a dangerous one against the lightweight champion," Kavanagh wrote.
He also added the following...
"If Conor's next fight was announced as being against Frankie, there would be a lot of complaints about him cutting too much weight and being too big for the rest of the 145lbs guys. People would also claim that he was running from Rafael dos Anjos. Instead, they'll say he should be staying at featherweight and that he's afraid of Frankie. But as I've said many times before, it's great that questions are being asked because answering them is what sport is all about. The day there are no more questions being asked of you is the day you're no longer relevant."
Welterweight is the mission
"I've said from the beginning that welterweight may not be out of the question. One of Conor's main sparring partners, Gunnar Nelson, is a welterweight, so Conor is very used to that feel. I would not be at all surprised if we're preparing to go for a third belt a year from now."
Kavanagh thinks it will be over fairly quickly too...
"Dos Anjos has looked more comfortable with his striking in his last few fights, so I think he'll have a level of comfort on his feet, which he'll want to test against Conor. If so, he'll end up leaning into shots and being hit hard and early. I believe this will be another one that won't see the end of the first round. If dos Anjos manages to survive the first exchange, he'll become a panicked grappler. Should that happen, I'm looking forward to people getting an opportunity to see just how comfortable Conor is in that regard."