Conor McGregor’s boxing adventures appear over for now and with a potential UFC lightweight title defence looming, SBG striking coach Owen Roddy has been speaking to Ariel Helwani about who he would like the Irishman to face next in the octagon.
The hype and reaction to McGregor’s clash with Floyd Mayweather are finally beginning to settle, with the exception of the noises being made by Paulie Malignaggi and Nate Diaz, and attention is once again returning to the octagon and the UFC.
The lightweight champion has not fought in the multi-sided cage since November of 2016 and fans are anxiously awaiting the return of the champion to the fold. Who he faces when he does, however, is still up for debate.
On Tuesday, McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy was speaking with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour and revealed his own personal preference for McGregor’s next fight.
“I would probably like to see Diaz 3, but obviously you’ve got (Tony) Ferguson and (Kevin) Lee fighting for the interim belt.
“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.”
While the prospect of another clash with Diaz is certainly more than a little enticing, a title defence is equally, if not more so. Having already joined the legends of the sport with his decimation of the featherweight ranks and his holding of two belts simultaneously, McGregor is well on his way to cementing a truly remarkable legacy.
What is missing is a title defence. Having vacated, or having been stripped, of the featherweight belt following his UFC 205 victory over Eddie Alvarez, fans are more than a little keen to see McGregor defend his lightweight belt.
With Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee set to do battle for the interim-lightweight belt, it seems inevitable that a defence is on the horizon for the Irishman. The only question is, will it come before or after he and Nate Diaz go to war once last time?
Check out the full interview with Roddy below.