Kavanagh unsure if McGregor will return to featherweight division

Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh has admitted that he has no idea if the Irishman will return to the featherweight division.

McGregor has not been involved in a featherweight fight since he knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194 on December 12 and was crowned the new champion.

After winning the featherweight title, McGregor wanted to go after lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, but their bout at UFC 196 in March was cancelled as Dos Anjos broke his foot. Nate Diaz replaced Dos Anjos and stunned the UFC community when he made the Irishman submit in the second round of their welterweight fight.

Diaz was supposed to face McGregor in a rematch at UFC 200 on July 9, but that was pulled from the card after McGregor refused to fulfill his promotional obligations as he wanted to continue training in Iceland.

It has since been confirmed that McGregor and Diaz will face each other at UFC 202 on August 20 in Las Vegas.

In the meantime, Aldo and Frankie Edgar will go up against each other at UFC 200 for the interim featherweight title and the winner will get a title shot at a later date. However, Kavanagh remains in the dark about whether McGregor has any plans to make a comeback to the featherweight division.

“The short answer is I don’t know,” Kavanagh told MMAUnderground.

Despite this, Kavanagh revealed that he will be very interested to see whether Aldo or Edgar emerges victorious at UFC 200.

“I’m very intrigued to see the Aldo and Edgar fight,” he said. “I hope Aldo is fully recovered from the bad knockout. I thought (Chad) Mendes went back in there really quick after the knockout against Conor.

“People don’t realize the damage it does — it takes a long time to recover, and I think Mendes went down quicker in that fight because of that. Maybe if he’d let himself rest a bit more he might have had more fight for Edgar.

“I hope that’s not the case for Aldo, (I hope) we get to see a solid version of Aldo and a new kind of improved Edgar, and see what different from the first fight. So yea, let’s see that, and assess after the rematch. It’s kind of those two names and (Max) Holloway kind of in the mix, so it’s an interesting time.”