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Can Conor McGregor beat Tyron Woodley? John Kavanagh says it’s ‘doable’

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It would not be John Kavanagh’s first choice. Conor McGregor’s coach is most excited about a third fight with Nate Diaz. But Tyron Woodley? The UFC welterweight champion? Kavanagh doesn’t find that to be all that outrageous.

The SBG Ireland head coach said as much to Ariel Helwani on a recent episode of The MMA Hour. Kavanagh doesn’t think Woodley would have an easy time with McGregor, as many critics have theorized. Hardly.

“I don’t see why not,” Kavanagh said. “I don’t know. Maybe it won’t happen. We’ve got so many irons in the fire at this stage. But I don’t see what other people are saying, ‘There’s no way Conor can touch this guy.’ There is. No one is perfect. There’s openings there. Of course, he’s a bigger man, he’s got more power and you’ve gotta be super careful. But Conor trains with big guys like this. I see him do amazing things in the gym all the time.”

Woodley would be bigger. He cuts from more than 200 pounds to reach his welterweight title limit of 170 pounds. Kavanagh noted, though, that Woodley is not much taller than McGregor and McGregor might even have a reach advantage. Both of their reaches are listed around 74 inches.

McGregor, 28, is the UFC featherweight champion and now the lightweight titleholder, too, after throttling Eddie Alvarez via second-round TKO at UFC 205 earlier this month in New York. The brash Irishman is the first UFC fighter to hold two titles in two different weight classes at the same time.

A title fight with Woodley? McGregor going for a third belt? Kavanagh chuckled at that idea.

“I’m sure the haters would love that,” he said.

And yet, the coach doesn’t think it would be that out of the question. The two had a tense ….View full article

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