Paddy Holohan, a former UFC fighter, believes that Chandler is the right build to quickly be taken care of by his former teammate.
Paddy Holohan, Conor McGregor’s former teammate and close friend, has supported his pal.
World champion once more
This time, at welterweight.
McGregor, Holohan and their close friend for many years have trained together at SBG Ireland under John Kavanagh when they rose to prominence in the promotion. Holohan, a Dublin fighter, was one of only six men to headline UFC events in Dublin in 2014.
He is now the head coach of his Holohan Martial Arts Gym in Tallaght. But he still watches out for his old friend. After defeating Michael Chandler as a lightweight, he is confident he can make it to the welterweight division for a third time.
“If there’s anybody that can do it, it’s Conor McGregor,” Holohan told Mirror FightingHis chances of winning 170lb gold. “I like Chandler’s fight. I think his body is perfect.
“It’s like Alvarez, Aldo, certain body types suit Conor and he will put them to sleep. Let me tell you one thing, when Conor was running around saying loads of mad things on his way up and nobody believed him, we believed him and if there’s a man to do it, it’s Conor McGregor.”
McGregor, who won the undisputed featherweight and lightweight titles, has struggled to stay active and consistent over the past few years. In his last four fights McGregor has lost three times, including two to Dustin Poirier.
He made over £100million from his crossover boxing match in Floyd Mayweather in 2017, but has only won once since. A broken leg is keeping him out of the fight until next year.
Holohan however is optimistic about his countryman, stating that he has “100 per cent”Certain that he will make a comeback to the sport’s highest point after an injury. “Not only could he do it again,”Holohan went on. “I’m going to say he will do it again.
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“Conor will have another one of these belts, and that’s how it is. He’s like a dog who has a bone and puts his mind to it.”
McGregor has insisted that his next fight will be at 170lb, not 155lb where he faced Dustin Poirier twice last year and became champion in 2016. And he wants to go on a run towards an unprecedented third world title, taking on the seemingly unbeatable current ruler of the division Kamaru Usman.
But he will likely need at least one fight before earning another chance at gold, and has been called out by Chandler among a host of other names. The American campaigns at lightweight, but has said that he would be willing to move up to face McGregor, who has seemed receptive to the idea.