Conor McGregor’s next fight options include trilogy bout with Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor's coach John Kavanagh has named six opponents the UFC star can pick from for his next fight.

McGregor, 33, hasn't been seen in the Octagon since July, when he broke his tibia in his trilogy defeat to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264.

The former featherweight and lightweight double-champion is gearing up for a return in 2022 and has undergone a remarkable body transformation, reaching 190lbs after bulking up.

Going toe-to-toe with McGregor is a dream for most UFC fighters, so he has the luxury of choice – and Kavanagh has emphasised that, picking out several potential bouts that could be on the cards.

The first of those is another trilogy fight to address some unfinished business with Nate Diaz, who McGregor tapped out to at UFC 196, then beat with a majority decision at UFC 202.

“I’ll be honest, the Nate Diaz trilogy is very, very tempting," Kavanagh toldThe MMA Hour . "It’s a fight that gives me nightmares.

“The man doesn’t stop coming forward. Whether it’s three rounds or five rounds. But it’s an intriguing fight. So, that one is definitely very interesting.”

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While McGregor has fought Diaz twice, he is yet to face off with Tony Ferguson, and Kavanagh believes that match-up could be a crowd pleaser.

He added: “Also the Tony Ferguson one. It never happened. It was talked about a lot.

“Tony still has, I believe, a lot to offer the game. He’s a very unorthodox striker, grappler.

“I think the build-up would be fun for the fans. So, you know, any of those kind of legacy guys.”

Despite the Irishman having lost his last two fights, Kavanagh even mentioned a title fight for McGregor's return.

Lightweight champ Charles Oliveira defends his belt against Poirier, who McGregor didn't fully settle his beef with, in the main event of UFC 269 this coming weekend.

“Look, that division is killer. You know, Dan Hooker’s in there,” Kavanagh continued.

“The Islam [Makhachev] fight would be amazing as well, for obvious reasons. And we have, you know, whoever’s going to win this belt [Oliveira or Poirier].

“So, you know, look, any of those names. I’m just excited to see Conor back.”

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