After suffering his first UFC loss to Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout at UFC 196, featherweight champion Conor McGregor requested an immediate rematch.
The rematch was originally expected to take place at UFC 200 in July, but McGregor was removed from the fight card after failing to meet media obligations promoting the event.
The fight was rescheduled to headline UFC 202 on August 20. Coming off a loss and disagreements with the fight promotion, McGregor heads into the rematch with a lot of weight on his shoulders. McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, added more pressure to the situation this week when he stated that his reputation as a coach is also on the line.
“This is a very important fight for Conor, but I also feel that my own reputation as a coach is at stake,” Kavanagh wrote in a column for The 42.
“This contest can be a bit of a game-changer for us all. Some observers who are obsessed with weight classes and belts don’t see this as a very meaningful fight. They’re more interested in seeing Conor defend his featherweight belt and going after the lightweight strap too.
“But for me, we’re very lucky to be in a position to have an immediate rematch. In most cases, fighters have to be patient in order to get that chance. Having an opportunity to reverse an unfavorable result under the same circumstances just a few months later provides us with a chance to show that ‘Win or Learn’ isn’t just a catchy phrase. It really is something we practice and we have done for a long time.”
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