We’re almost half way done 2018 and there’s still no official word on when and who Conor McGregor will fight next, but it sounds like the star’s striking coach believes a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to materialize.

The MMA world has been waiting for almost two years now for McGregor’s next bout in the cage, as the former lightweight champ hasn’t fought since 2016, when he stopped Eddie Alvarez. Following McGregor’s stoppage loss to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather last summer, there’s been endless talk about him possibly fighting Nate Diaz, Nurmagomedov and even Mayweather again.

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Well, recently McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, spoke with MMA NYTT. While discussing the Irish fighter’s future and the possibility of a bout with Nurmagomedov, Roddy had this to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I can’t confirm anything but it would be great,” Roddy said. “Conor’s training hard, he’s always training. He’s motivated and he wants to fight, it’s just that he gets a few things sorted out and then he sits down and negotiates a good deal for his next fight. I think it will be another big spectacle like they always are. So I’m excited, just like everybody else.”

“I don’t know but I think [Khabib]’s at the forefront. I always say, Conor wants the biggest fights that he can possibly have and I think, at the moment, Khabib seems to be that guy.”

“I’m sure it’s just down to the right negotiations but yeah, I think it is building…”

If you’re a big time fan, who wants to see the best of the best fighting each other, then these comments should prompt you to crack a smile. Sure, Dana White has repeatedly said that Nurmagomedov – McGregor is the fight to make, and there’s no question it would be a massive, massive fight, especially due to what went down at the UFC 223 media day. 

While Mayweather was teasing and or trolling about a move to MMA, there was always that fear the UFC might look at having McGregor rematch the star in the Octagon. But more recently Mayweather’s said he has no plans to fight anytime soon.

So, provided McGregor’s July 26th court date doesn’t lead to something unexpected, maybe we’ll finally see him throw hands with Nurmagomedov before the year is up?