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Conor McGregor's Coach Wants to Prepare for Khabib Rematch With Frankie Edgar Fight in UFC Return

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov faces-off with Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 Press Conference at Radio City Music Hall on September 20, 2018 in New York City.  (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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It's been nearly a year now since we last saw the UFC's erstwhile golden boy, Conor McGregor, fight in the Octagon. The bout was a losing effort against superstar Khabib Nuragomedov in what was best described as an old-fashioned beatdown that ended with some extracurricular activity.

The 31-year-old Irishman now desperate for a rematch to restore his image and get back to his trolling ways. However, McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, is advocating for a return fight against seasoned veteran Frankie Edgar first.

"I think him and Frankie Edgar would be a great fight," Kavanaugh said in an interview with TheMacLife.com. "[Edgar]'s an ex-champion, great fighter. Yeah, if it was me, I would love to see the Frankie Edgar fight this year if possible."

There have been rumors of the two possibly matching up before, but it never came to fruition. Kavanagh believes that Edgar's grappling skills would be great preparation for Khabib's style, which originates in sambo, wrestling, and judo. McGregor will need all the help he can get in order for the rematch to not be as one-sided like last time.

Look for Mcgregor-Khabib: Part 2 to happen sometime during 2020 if both fighters can keep their noses clean. That fight would have a chance to break UFC pay-per-view records, and the hype around the buildup would be absolutely insane.