Striking Coach Excited For Conor-Cowboy

Owen Roddy is as hopeful as anyone that Conor McGregor makes his return to the Octagon this January.

McGregor has not fought since October 2018 and his UFC 239 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, and made it clear he’d be fighting on January 18th, which Roddy and SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh are ready.

“Yup, yup, yup – yeah definitely, yeah,” Roddy said to MMA Junkie.

“I know he’s working very hard. There’s no official date set yet, but Conor’s been training very hard, as you can see. He’s in good nick. If you’re looking at any of the pictures, he’s in phenomenal shape, he’s ready to go. I’m sure everybody’s excited to see him back.”

“If it is ‘Cowboy,’ it would be an exciting fight, yeah,” Roddy said of McGregor’s rumored opponent Cowboy Cerrone. “I said this a couple of months ago: ‘Cowboy’ and Conor is a great fight for the fans. Two guys that are exciting strikers – although ‘Cowboy’ is phenomenal on the ground, as well, but I think if it was a fight between them, it would be a striking battle, and I think it would be one for the fans, so if it is that, it’ll be an exciting one.”

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“Potentially, yeah, it was a tricky fight, and take nothing away from Khabib, he came in with a great gameplan,” Roddy said of McGregor being unable to defeat Nurmagomedov a year ago. “He got off, and he executed. But I just don’t think Conor was anywhere near the best of his ability. He wasn’t as good as he can be, and Conor on a night, at 100 percent, can beat anybody in the world.”

“I just want to see Conor back in.. I think everybody just wants to see Conor back in the UFC, bring back that spectacle that is his fights. Nobody does it like Conor, and for me, I just want to see him back in there. Whatever happens after that, who knows?”

Initial Report: MMA Junkie

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