Could the biggest featherweight bout in UFC history not take place in May after all? That was the expected timeline for the featherweight title scrap between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo - May 23rd, to be exact. But according to McGregor's coach John Kavanagh in a discussion with Newsalk Breakfast (via MMA Fighting), that does not appear to be the case any more:
"It's not 100-percent yet. There was talk of a May date. It may now actually be later in the year. I get a lot of tweets and messages, people wanting to book their flights. I would just say hold on, hold on until the UFC officially announces. But it does look like it'll be later in the year."
He stated that July might be a more likely landing point.
Kavanagh also spoke about the fight being in Ireland vs. Las Vegas. Dana White shot down the idea of a Dublin stadium fight in the aftermath of McGregor's win over Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night: Boston. He went into some more detail as to why it's not feasible right now, but they're still hoping to do something like that down the road:
"The problem with that is you have a curfew. 11 p.m. it has to all shut down. Whereas, they did a big event in Stockholm last weekend. But they didn't start until 2 or 3 a.m. Stockholm time, pay-per-view time in the States. They have a massive drop in revenue and also the cost of setting up Croke Park with all the major screens.
"We're hoping to go over there and win the belt, and then twist their arm a little bit more and get the first defense in Dublin."
McGregor (17-1, 4-0 UFC) earned a title shot with that win over Siver. Aldo (25-1, 7-0 UFC) is the only featherweight champion the promotion has ever had, and is currently on an 18-fight winning streak overall.