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Owen Roddy Says Conor McGregor Could Be Ready To Fight Before 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 12: UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor trains during an open workout at his gym on August 12, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor is scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight rematch at UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2 on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

SBG Ireland’s Owen Roddy has revealed that Conor McGregor’s celebrations following his history-making showdown with Floyd Mayweather are officially at an end.

Play-time is well and truly over, folks. Prepare yourself as we edge closer and closer to yet another Conor McGregor pre-fight circus.

UFC 216 saw the crowning of a brand new interim lightweight champion in the streaking contender Tony Ferguson and, of course, with that came a massive wave of speculation linking him to a match-up with the undisputed champ, McGregor.

And really, it shouldn’t seem too outlandish to imagine a title-unification bout as the next fight for these two men but when the notoriously chaotic McGregor is involved, there are just no guarantees that he will do anything other than exactly what he wants to do at a given time.

With talk of him taking on Nate Diaz in their eagerly-anticipated rubber match, the general public began to really doubt that they would see the Irishman do what many consider to be the right thing in defending his belt, but following on from Tony’s win at UFC 216, the momentum has started to shift in favour of the unification bout, something McGregor’s coach Owen Roddy alluded to in a recent interview on the Talking Brawls podcast.

“It’s exciting. When the word goes out like that and people start talking about it, it’s usually not far off of the deal being done. It could be a good one. Ferguson is the interim champion and rightfully so.

“He had a good performance against Lee and he’s had a lot of good performances. I’d like to see it. People, including myself, were talking about the Diaz fight, but who knows that may come again. But if it’s Ferguson, that’s going to be a cracker as well. I still see the same outcome.

“I still see Conor — if they’re standing for any sort of extended period on the feet, it’ll be a quick one and that’s it. He’s just not as tidy as Conor. You play the percentages, and Conor’s the cleaner, more refined striker. Ferguson is tough, he’s unorthodox, but in my opinion Conor’s just the superior striker, most definitely.”

As for the current whereabouts of the man holding the UFC’s 155lb title, Roddy let us know that Conor’s extensive – and well deserved – celebrations following his boxing match-up with Floyd Mayweather last August have come to an end.

McGregor is supposedly now back in the gym familiarising himself with the multi-faceted game of mixed martial arts after what was surely a very different few months of preparation in the lead up to his boxing debut.

Roddy gave no indication of when we can expect to see him next, but did say that himself and his team are ready to begin camp at even a moment’s notice.

“If Conor wants to go at the end of the year, then we go straight into camp. He came back training last week, and got a couple of sessions in. He’s back in the gym after that whole whirlwind.

“I think it’d be great to let him get back training and enjoying training and take it from there but at the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. If we go into camp tomorrow, we go into camp tomorrow and we get it done.”

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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Author: Cillian Cunningham

Lead mixed martial arts writer who can be contacted at [email protected]