McGregor’s Striking Coach: Khabib Fight Will Happen

With Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor’s feud reaching a fever pitch at UFC 223, many wonder if the UFC will make the fight, or even allow McGregor inside the Octagon.

One person who sees both possibilities happening is Owen Roddy, who is the Irish superstar’s striking coach. While as a guest on the BBC MMA Show, Roddy claimed that the time is coming soon for those two to face off.

“There’s been a lot of talk about this Khabib fight and it seems to be brewing towards this one,” said Roddy.

“You earn the chance to fight Conor. You have to be worthy to fight him. Khabib is doing very well fighting-wise. I see holes in his game but he’s building a big ruckus. He’s calling [Conor out] now and people are getting behind him and it’s starting to build, and once it gets to that tipping point, I’m sure we’ll see that fight.”


Roddy said in the interview available here, that even prior to the hand truck attack at UFC 223 media day, McGregor has wanted a crack at Khabib.

“Conor’s a mad thing,” Roddy said.

“Conor turned around to me just after the Mayweather fight and said, ‘There’s talk of me fighting Khabib. I might do it in Russia.’ Then he says to me, ‘We’ll do it like Rocky. We’ll go to Siberia and we’ll train in the snow. I’ll get one of those yokes to put on my shoulders to get the lats’. I was crying with laughter. He was serious. Dead serious. Conor does mad things. That’s what we love him for. There’s not many people who would do that. It would be an exciting fight. I don’t know what’s going to happen next but I would like to see it.”


When the question of Khabib’s chin was brought up, Roddy believes that Khabib’s recent trend of going the distance will prove faulty against a McGregor punch.

“At the end of the day, Khabib hasn’t finished many fights lately,” Roddy said. “Now he always says he does that on purpose, but I don’t think so. If you’re going to go in and finish somebody, you go in and finish them. He says, ‘I like punish people for five rounds.’ I always say, if you’re going to give Conor McGregor five attempts to land a shot on you, so even if he went in and didn’t land the first round, or the second, or the third, or the fourth, he has five attempts to land one shot.

“I’ve seen Conor McGregor go in and land within the first 30 seconds of the first round. You see that against every person he’s fought – MMA fighters, boxers, everybody. He’s so elusive, he’s so good at maintaining the range, he’s so good at giving people shots that they think they can land and then setting up everything off that. I just see him land and not many people can take it. I don’t know if Khabib can take it either.”




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