Conor McGregor’s long-time coach John Kavanagh has revealed that the superstar is now able to get back to training properly after returning to full health following the broken leg he suffered last year.
“I don’t know if you can see the few nicks and marks on my forehead. He showed up by surprise. He grabbed me by the neck and I was subjected to a couple of rounds by this 2000-pound gorilla,” Kavanagh told The Mac Life.
“We had a great roll around. I think that was literally my first time doing grappling with him since the lead-up to the last fight so it’s been a while now. He’s back healthy now, he’s back being able to do all the facets of MMA training again.”
At this stage there’s still no word on when he will actually be ready to return to the Octagon however, though Ariel Helwani claimed last month that the word behind the scenes was that he might not be planning to make his comeback until February or March of next year.
His potential opponent still remains a mystery too. Charles Oliveira is known to be seeking a fight with him for the vacant lightweight title, but with an announcement set to come in the next week or so about who ‘Do Bronx’ will go up against there’s a good likelihood that it will end up being Islam Makhachev.
Meanwhile, Nate Diaz appears less than interested in hanging around waiting for a trilogy fight with McGregor that he suspects the UFC wants him to take, and is instead trying to get the final bout on his current deal over and done with ASAP so he can move on to pastures new.
Of course there’s also the possibility of a fourth showdown with Dustin Poirier too, though his rival actually suggested recently that McGregor should fight Justin Gaethje upon his return, while Michael Chandler is among the many other options that may be considered.