Ever since Conor McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather went down, talk regarding who the UFC champ will fight next has been a go to topic. So who does the star’s striking coach think he should fight next? Well, as many others have opined, Owen Roddy would like to see a third scrap with Nate Diaz happen.
A few months back, talk of a rubber match between McGregor and Diaz had died down somewhat. Really, several weeks before McGregor was stopped by Mayweather on August 26th, there was more talk about him fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov next. After all, McGregor had expressed an interest in fighting the undefeated lightweight, in his native Russia.
Well, recently Roddy appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and when he was asked for his opinion on how McGregor should fight, the coach said this (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“I would probably like to see Diaz 3, but obviously you’ve got (Tony) Ferguson and (Kevin) Lee fighting for the interim belt,” Roddy said. “If he’s to fight MMA again, it will probably have to be the winner of (Ferguson versus Lee).
“In my opinion, the reason I say Diaz is because those fights are so exciting. The build up is so exciting; the back and forth…there is nothing like it. It’s just a mad scene.
“The two fights against Diaz were probably the most exciting camps that I’ve been part of. To do that again would be unbelievable. As I see it, the fans would like that over everything else.”
There’s no doubt the first two fights were very entertaining, and that a lot of people would love to see round three. So, since McGregor – Diaz III is likely the biggest fight the UFC can move with at this time, it will probably happen.
But, if the UFC can lock up a deal in Russia for a fight between McGregor and Nurmagomedov, that could also be huge. The latter is a reportedly a pretty big name in the 140 million plus person nation. So, if McGregor decides a win over the undefeated fighter would further enhance his legacy, you never know. Maybe that bout does happen next instead. Yes, even though Ferguson and Lee are fighting for an interim belt. One of those guys will likely need to score a ridiculously, impressive win, in order to jump past Diaz in the queue.