The rumours surrounding Conor McGregor’s UFC return are going into overdrive this week following Tony Ferguson’s interim UFC lightweight title win at UFC 216.
Neither a fixed date or opponent have yet been reported, but speaking after Ferguson’s win on Saturday, UFC president Dana White stated he was keen to see the titles unified.
Everything remains up in the air for minute, but one man who will likely know before all of us what’s happening is McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy. Speaking to the lads at Submission Radio earlier this week, Roddy talked about the possibility of McGregor fighting either Diaz or Ferguson and he said that either fight would make for a grand occasion.
“I honestly think that people would rather, like, I think people would rather see Conor vs Diaz,” Roddy said. I just think it’s a more exciting fight for everybody, you know what I mean? It’s the trilogy, the first two fights, the back and forth between the guys and the way the fights went. You know, who wouldn’t want to see the third fight? But of course, it makes sense that he fights (Ferguson), he defends the belt. Whatever happens, I don’t know, but I said this already, I would like to see Diaz three. The Ferguson fight is an interesting one as well. Like, he’s an exciting fighter so it will be an exciting fight. So either or, either or.”
“I’d just be happy to get Conor back in the UFC, fighting in the cage and doing what we do best. I just can’t wait for that first to go again or, you know?
“I just want to see him back in there sooner rather than later.”
Roddy then talked about the possibility of the Ferguson fight going ahead and explained what he expected would happen if the two did meet in the Octagon. Suffice to say, Roddy wasn’t liking Ferguson’s chances of making it out of there with his consciousness.
“He’s good, obviously,” Roddy said. He wouldn’t be the interim champion if he wasn’t good. His style is, you know, it’s not traditional, it’s a bit unorthodox and stuff, but I just honestly think that Conor’s going to be way too clean for Ferguson. If Ferguson tries to stand with Conor for an extended period of time it will be lights out, in my opinion.
“You know, he’s tough as well, he’s tough and durable, so he may take a couple of smacks, but at the end of the day Conor’s going to be way too clean and too technical to… he won’t get touched.”
“That’s my opinion. But yeah, it will be an interesting one and it will be an exciting fight as well because Ferguson does come to fight and he’s aggressive, he goes in, he looks to finish fights, so it will be exciting. But yeah, without a doubt if he wants to stand and bang with Conor it’ll be lights out fairly quick, I think.”