Conor coach: The people want McGregor vs. Diaz, not Ferguson
Conor McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy appeared recently on Submission Radio and discussed how Notorious vs. El Cucuy would go, why Diaz is the preferable fights, and when McGregor might return.
“It’s looking like Dana White wants Conor to defend the belt against Ferguson,” said Owen. “I think it’ll be a good fight as well, it would be an interesting fight.”
“He’s good, obviously. 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 to… he won’t get touched. That’s my opinion. … without a doubt if he wants to stand and bang with Conor it’ll be lights out fairly quick, I think.”
“I think because we came through those two Diaz fights we’d be a bit more capable of dealing with the tall, rangy guy. I think the one unique thing that Diaz has is just that unbelievable chin, and like, I don’t think Ferguson would be able to take the shots that Diaz took. I think he would be asleep or the ref would have stepped in and have stopped the fight if Conor lands. Where Diaz, like, Conor was landing all the shots on Diaz as well and all the other stuff that we came up with worked against Diaz, it’s just he kept coming and coming and coming and coming.”
“I think people would rather see Conor vs. Diaz. I just think it’s a more exciting fight for everybody. It’s the trilogy, the first two fights, the back and forth between the guys and the way the fights went. You know, who wouldn’t want to see the third fight? But of course, it makes sense that he fights [Ferguson], he defends the belt. Whatever happens, I don’t know, but I said this already, I would like to see Diaz 3. The Ferguson fight is an interesting one as well.”
“There was a lot of talk about potentially boxing again and there was talk of Malignaggi and there was a lot of talk of boxing and stuff like that, but I think even Conor said himself that he’s got unfinished business in the Octagon and he wants to go back and defend his belt. So yeah, I think that’s what’s going to happen. Is he done with boxing? Probably not. If the right fight comes up and the right money’s on the table I’m sure he would jump in and go again. You know, without a doubt. So who knows what next year is going to be like anyways. It’s going to be bigger than 2017 anyways, that’s what I imagine.”