McGregor’s Coach Prefers Trilogy Fight With Diaz
Another day has passed and still no word on who lightweight champion Conor McGregor will fight next. But that won’t stop people on inside the fight game from giving their opinion.
McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, agrees that interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and the only fighter to give McGregor a loss inside the octagon, Nate Diaz, are both intriguing options. But Roddy leans towards a third fight with Diaz should be McGregor’s next challenge. And he believes fans feel the same way.
UFC 216 took place this past Saturday in Las Vegas at the T-Mobile Arena, and in the main event, Ferguson (23-3) submitted Kevin Lee (16-3) in the third round to become the interim 155-pound champ.
Ferguson spoke with Fox after the fight and stated that he was going to “come after” McGregor. The video is below via the UFC on Fox YouTube page.
Roddy spoke on Submission Radio about how he thinks a fight between McGregor and Ferguson would end. The audio is from Submission Radio’s YouTube page.
“He’s good, obviously,” Roddy said of Ferguson. “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… 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.”
Ferguson fighting McGregor makes the most sense, but those types of fights aren’t always what the UFC put together. Middleweight champion Michael Bisping is fighting George St. Pierre at UFC 217 and St. Pierre hasn’t fought for nearly four years.
“I think even Conor said himself that he’s got unfinished business in the octagon and he wants to go back and defend his belt,” Roddy adds. “So yeah, I think that’s what’s going to happen. Is he done with boxing? Probably not. If the right fight comes up and the right money’s on the table, I’m sure he would jump in and go again. You know, without a doubt. So who knows what next year is going to be like anyways? It’s going to be bigger than 2017 anyways. That’s what I imagine.”
Now that we have heard from everybody but McGregor, let’s get a fight set up…soon.