December 12, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor celebrates his championship victory against Jose Aldo during UFC 194 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Conor McGregor’s Coach Doesn’t See Him Ever Returning to Featherweight

Conor McGregor won the featherweight championship but that may be the last time he competes at 145 pounds

If UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway wants a rematch with Conor McGregor, he’s probably going to have to go to 155 pounds.

McGregor, who has been on hiatus from the Octagon since November 2016, is still in negotiations for his return to action with him most likely defending the lightweight title against interim champion Tony Ferguson next year.

While McGregor has still proudly touted himself as the real featherweight champion because he holds a win over Holloway as well as his knockout against Jose Aldo from 2015, his time at featherweight appears to be finished.

McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh weighed in on the subject recently and while he’ll never exactly be able to predict his fighter’s next move, he wouldn’t bet on anymore fights at 145 pounds.

“I don’t [see him returning to the featherweight division],” Kavanagh told Express Sport in the U.K. “That would be my honest answer on that.

“But, I also would say if you asked me six months before the (Floyd) Mayweather fight if that’s going to happen I would’ve said no. So I’m not the one to ask or make decisions about that. That will be Conor’s choice. I find it hard to see that (happening). That’s my opinion.”

McGregor had to endure some very big weight cuts to get down to the 145-limit and it’s been almost exactly two years since he’s actually tried to make featherweight.

Considering how busy the lightweight division will likely stay once he returns not to mention the possibility of super fights outside of 155 pounds, McGregor will have plenty to think about other than fighting at featherweight again.

Still, a McGregor vs. Holloway rematch at lightweight is still an enticing possibility at some time down the road.

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.
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