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Kavanagh 'very, very confident' McGregor fights in 2023

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Conor McGregor's head coach fully expects to see the former two-division champion return to the Octagon this year.

"I'd be willing to bet my house on it," John Kavanagh said Monday on "The MMA Hour."

He added: "I think there's some interesting negotiations going along now. ... I absolutely can't say anything beyond that, but I'm very, very confident that we will see Conor back in the Octagon."

McGregor hasn't competed since he broke his leg in a July 2021 loss to Dustin Poirier.

Several fighters have expressed interest in facing the Irish superstar in recent months, including Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler, and Rafael dos Anjos. UFC president Dana White said last summer he likes the idea of McGregor squaring off with Chandler in his next fight.

McGregor, who held UFC titles at lightweight and featherweight, is 1-3 dating back to 2018 but remains the biggest box-office draw in mixed martial arts.

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