At the opening of the all-new SBG Charlestown gym, boxing coach Owen Roddy discussed Conor McGregor and the anticipated bout between the former UFC champion and current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
According to Roddy, fights the fans want to see are always a good indicator of what fights could actually happen. So, if the people want to see McGregor vs. Khabib, he says, it’s likely it will eventually come to fruition.
In fact, he compared the hype of this fight to McGregor’s boxing match with Floyd Mayweather from last summer.
“I’d love to see [the Diaz] fight again — a trilogy fight would be awesome — but I always [think about] what’s getting the most attention and the Khabib fight seems to be brewing up nicely. The fans are really getting behind it,” Roddy said. “I never thought the Mayweather fight was going to happen, but when the fans got behind it and then when Mayweather started talking you knew it was going to happen.”
Nurmagomedov, however, has previously expressed more interest in fighting Georges St Pierre, who hasn’t fought since returning from a four-year hiatus back in November at UFC 217. A potential McGregor-GSP bout has also been played around with, and in fact, the UFC reportedly considered putting McGregor, GSP, Nurmagomedov, and Nate Diaz in a mini lightweight title tournament.
Roddy feels McGregor is capable of beating both Nurmagomedov and GSP.
“[GSP] is one of the best to ever do it. He has a tricky code to crack, most definitely. Same with Khabib, that style is [tricky], but you can come up with plans to beat them,” Roddy said. “Nobody is perfect. There are flaws in everyone’s game — there are flaws in Khabib’s game and there are flaws in GSP’s game.
“They both do what they do really well, but at the end of the day, for me, what Conor has over all of them is he’s so good at landing shots, he lands a shot within the first minute and 99 percent of people can’t take it. In those small gloves, he is going to catch you, he’s going to catch you on the chin or on the temple and there are very few people who can deal with that.”
Original Story: MMA Fighting