Coach Roddy: I’d Prefer Diaz Over Ferguson For Conor
In the wake of Tony Ferguson’s victory over Kevin Lee and becoming UFC interim lightweight champion, the big question is who will Conor McGregor fight next?
Will it be the new interim champ, Ferguson who called out McGregor at UFC 216 to either “unify or vacate,” or will it be his greatest MMA rival Diaz to settle their score in a rubber match?
According to McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, both are intriguing options, though he personally prefers a third meeting with Diaz. And he thinks fans feel the same way.
During a recent appearance on Submission Radio, Roddy discussed McGregor’s options, including a title unifying fight against 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.”
While fans are clamoring for a final showdown between McGregor and Diaz, Dana White suggested McGregor vs. Diaz 3 is now unlikely.