Coach: Michael Chandler & Justin Gaethje Are ‘Slightly Easier’ For Conor McGregor Than Dustin Poirier

Conor McGregor’s coach believes Michael Chandler and Justin Gaethje would be less challenging than Dustin Poirier.

McGregor is scheduled to do battle with Poirier a second time on January 23. Their first encounter took place back in September 2014. The “Notorious” one emerged victorious via first-round TKO. The rematch will serve as the main event of UFC 257.

During a sitdown with The Mac Life, John Kavanagh said it wouldn’t worry him if Poirier were to be replaced at the last minute by Chandler or Gaethje (h/t MMAJunkie.com).

“I think in terms of opponent difficulty levels, Dustin would be the top of that group. So if one is replacing Dustin, there’s no nice way of saying it, but it’s a slightly easier fight. Dustin is the best of those guys, in my opinion.”

“I think Conor and Khabib are the two best lightweights, and it would be for me, of course from a coaching perspective, it would be phenomenal to see that contest again. Will he come back? You’re asking the wrong guy. That’s Khabib. He seems the type of guy that if he says something, that’s it, but like Dana has hinted, it seems to me there might be some wiggle room in those promises made. So you know, time will tell.”

Chandler was a big free agency pickup for the UFC. He had been a mainstay at Bellator, becoming a three-time lightweight champion under the promotion. As for Gaethje, he fell short in his bid for the undisputed UFC Lightweight Championship after being submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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