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Conor McGregor’s trainer hints at struggle with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249

‘Maybe there’s a third option’: Conor McGregor’s coach hints at fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 with initial clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov under threat as the champion is currently stuck in Russia

  • Conor McGregor’s coach has hinted that his fighter could face Tony Ferguson 
  • Ferguson’s fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov is in doubt due to coronavirus 
  • The Russian is currently stranded in his homeland and can’t return to the US
  • John Kavanagh has teased that McGregor could be a last-minute replacement 
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Conor McGregor‘s trainer has hinted that the Notorious could be a last-minute replacement to fight Tony Ferguson and save UFC 249 with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia

UFC chief Dana White has relentlessly clung onto hope that the lightweight title fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson, scheduled for April 18, won’t fall through for a fifth time, attempting to find a venue willing to host the bout. 

However, Nurmagomedov is currently stranded in his homeland of Russia after the undefeated star left the United States having believed the fight would take place overseas.

Conor McGregor's coach, John Kavanagh, has teased the UFC star could fight Tony Ferguson

Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has teased the UFC star could fight Tony Ferguson

Ferguson's lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov next month is in huge doubt

Ferguson’s lightweight title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov next month is in huge doubt 

The closure of US borders due to the coronavirus pandemic means that there is no way the Dagestani-born star can make it back Stateside to meet long time rival Ferguson next month.

The UFC are pursuing alternate options to save the fight card, with welterweight star Jorge Masvidal, former lightweight title contender Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje in the mix to meet Ferguson in the octagon.

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And now John Kavanagh, the coach of UFC star McGregor, has teased that his charge may be able to step in and fight Ferguson on April 18. 

The Dagestani fighter is stranded in his homeland of Russia and can't return to the US

The Dagestani fighter is stranded in his homeland of Russia and can’t return to the US

Kavanagh responded to a tweet from ESPN's Ariel Helwani saying there's a 'third option'

Kavanagh responded to a tweet from ESPN’s Ariel Helwani saying there’s a ‘third option’

McGregor developed a reputation among fans for saving fight cards in his early days with the UFC, and Kavanagh revealed that the Notorious could do so once again. 

Responding to a tweet from Ariel Helwani asking whether Ferguson should face Gaethje or wait for Khabib, Kavanagh wrote: ‘Maybe there’s a third option…’ 

The 31-year-old was last in action in January when it took him only 40 seconds to see off Donald Cerrone in a destructive display.  

McGregor was last in action in January when he blitzed Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds

McGregor was last in action in January when he blitzed Donald Cerrone inside 40 seconds

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