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Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says, if it were up to him, a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Even in defeat, Conor McGregor managed to come off as an asset to the sport following Saturday night’s main event against Nate Diaz.

McGregor said he would take the loss "on the chin," but that he would be back. He held his head high and answered every question directed at him. And in the end, he lived by his word of being "humble in victory or defeat."

Same goes for his coach at SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh, who was a guest on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Kavanagh reiterated McGregor’s words about picking himself up and moving on. Yet when asked what the next move would be for the Irish firebrand — who is just a couple of years has become one the UFC’s most marketable stars — he said he wasn’t sure just yet.

"There’s a few offers there," he told Ariel Helwani. "That’s really for Conor to decide, I’m really just the guy in the background. Whatever he says I’m happy to get ready for. We spoke to someone before that he seems to have this weird genetics that he can look great at 170 and he can make 145. It’s just a weird body type, I’m not sure how it works. But he can, and he always looks a bit scary on the scales, no doubt about it. But then you see him the next day and he looks fine. He has that ability to compete at 145, 155 or 170 I think.

"I’ll be curious to see what the fans want. Because at the end of the day that’s what we’re doing it for, is the fans. It’s entertainment, and let’s see what the fans think is the most interesting thing for him to do next and we’ll prepare and do our best."

McGregor was fighting at 170 pounds for the first time in his career, after his lightweight title fight with Rafael dos Anjos was scrapped when the Brazilian broke his foot. Had he won, speculation was that he would challenge current welterweight champion Robbie Lawler for the title at UFC 200 in July.

Now that he has lost, the early consensus is that he’ll appear back at 145 pounds to defend his belt. Waiting for him at that weight is former featherweight champ Jose Aldo — whom McGregor defeated in 13 seconds at UFC 194 — and No. 1 contender Frankie Edgar.

Asked if it were up to him, whom would he like Conor to face, Kavanagh said perhaps the Brazilian was the best option.

"Me personally, maybe the Aldo rematch, I’d like to see that again," he said. "I just think the first one was great for us, but it was a little bit unfulfilling…a little bit. I think Aldo has a fantastic set of skills, he was a great champion and I didn’t think that quite closed the chapter on that. So, [let’s] see a proper fight.

"I think stylistically it would be a very nice fight to watch and a very good challenge. So that’s my personal opinion, but like I said, I’m not the decision-maker on that."

When the name Frankie Edgar was mentioned, Kavanagh said a fight between McGregor and "The Answer" would be fine too.

"Or Frankie, he’s a great fighter as well," he said. "I just…you know Frankie’s lost to Aldo and Aldo just had such an amazing run. He just got caught with that very, very hard shot and went down fast. That’s just how that fight went. But just for me, because I think I learned so much just watching it, to have a good back-and-forth fight, I just think it would be for me I’d get a year’s worth of material to coach off for the next 20 years off. So, that would be my personal preference. But, if it’s Frankie or if it’s Dos Anjos or if it’s another 170 fight, I’m happy just to be there."

One thing that Kavanagh anticipates is the 27-year-old McGregor competing again sooner rather than later. And most likely still at UFC 200.

"I would push for that," his coach said. "I would like to fight, and that is what he is driven to do. He’s not the guy to go off to sit on the beach for a couple of weeks. He’s just not that way. Everything he does is a million miles an hour. His brain works fast, his body works fast. He’s not particularly hurt, no injuries from the fight, no suspension or anything like that. So, a little bit of a rest and I have a lot of ideas in my head — a lot of things I took away from that fight — and I’m very excited to work on that."