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Conor McGregor hasn't fought in the 145 division since 2015, and many are wondering if he will ever return to the weight class he is the champion of.

By the sound of it, if his coach John Kavanagh has anything to do with it, he won't.

"I really don't see the point in it," Kavanagh said on The MMA Hour. "With all due respect to the 45 guys, especially after that fight with Nate, what are they going to do? What's anyone going to do to him? I just think anyone he fights at that weight class, it's almost like he's cheating with the amount of power he has. He can make the weight, don't get me wrong about that. And he might do it, just to spite me."

McGregor took a break at 145 in order to chase a dream of becoming a two division champ. Those dreams were almost a reality after he was given a shot at then champion, Rafael dos Anjos. Unfortunately dos Anjos was forced to withdraw and McGregor has been battling Nate Diaz ever since.

"I think it would be nice for him to be the champion, get the belt at 55 and then defend it against Nate," Kavanagh said. "I think that would be a pretty amazing fight. Maybe in Croke Park in Dublin. I'd push for that. How cool would that be?"

But that's unlikely as UFC President Dana White has said McGregor will either face Jose Aldo (who has the interim title) or vacate the belt and face 155 pound champ Eddie Alvarez.

"For me personally, I will be pushing for 55," Kavanagh said. "That's just my big brother opinion. I'd like to see him at 55."

We'll have to wait and see what McGregor and the UFC decide.


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