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John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor vs. Tony Ferguson ‘is the fight that makes sense’

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

DUBLIN -- Conor McGregor listed Georges St-Pierre among numerous other potential opponents when he made his first public comments since his defeat to Floyd Mayweather in Glasgow last month.

Speaking at the Irish premiere for ‘Conor McGregor: Notorious’ on Wednesday night, the UFC lightweight champion’s head coach, John Kavanagh, claimed that he didn’t see the logic in a fight pitting the Dubliner against the former welterweight king.

Before Tony Ferguson secured the interim lightweight title at UFC 216, Kavanagh said he wanted to see McGregor and Diaz fight for the third time when the SBG fighter returns to the Octagon.

However, following his win over Kevin Lee, Kavanagh believes that “El Cucuy” is the right fight to make for McGregor.

“To me, that fight makes no sense,” Kavanagh told MMA Fighting when asked about a potential meeting between McGregor and GSP.

“He’s fighting at 185. He was a big 170er, but to me athletically it doesn’t make any sense.

“Tony Ferguson is the fight that makes sense at lightweight. I think that lightweight is Conor’s ideal weight class, so Tony is the fight that seems right at the moment.”

Some believed that the reported pay-per-view numbers for UFC 216 did little to help Ferguson’s cause of getting a date against McGregor.

While Kavanagh agreed that St Pierre could likely bring more attention to an event than Ferguson, he believes that McGregor would bring in big numbers no matter who he is matched against.

“It doesn’t really matter how much Tony draws or doesn’t draw, look at the guy he’s facing. You could put Conor in there against anyone at the moment and people are going to want to watch it.

“Obviously, GSP is a huge name and he would draw really well, but this weekend might not go his way and that might be a mark against his selling power.

“Regardless of the opponent, I think Conor versus anyone is the biggest fight of all time. It’s all about Conor, he is the sport’s biggest star and the biggest pay-per-view draw at the minute.”