Owen Roddy is the striking coach for UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor, who hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.
The lightweight champion’s coach believes that the next logical fight for McGregor would be against UFC Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson.
“That’s what Dana White is saying and because Ferguson is picking at Conor and stuff like that, it’s starting to look like the more logical fight, but who knows?” Roddy said on Talking Brawls. “It’s an exciting fight, isn’t it? He definitely brings problems, and people are asking for it. That’s the most important thing. Obviously money talks at the end of the day, and whatever makes the most money is what both people would go for. But because people are asking for it and posting about it, that’s starting to gain the momentum that’s needed to get that big fight. It’s starting to build. It’ll be a good fight. It’ll definitely be a good fight.”
Ferguson became the UFC Interim Lightweight Champion at UFC 216, submitting Kevin Lee in the third round of their bout.
Roddy also knows fans want to see McGregor battle Diaz for a third time, but he also knows the Ferguson bout would be a cracker in the end.
“It’s exciting,” Roddy said. “When the word goes out like that, and people start talking about it, it’s usually not far off of the deal being done. It could be a good one. Ferguson is the interim champion and rightfully so. He had a good performance against (Kevin) Lee, and he’s had a lot of good performances. I’d like to see it. People, including myself, were talking about the Diaz fight, but who knows that may come again. But if it’s Ferguson, that’s going to be a cracker, as well.”
McGregor has yet to announce his next move, fans last saw him in a losing effort to Floyd Mayweather this past Summer in his pro boxing debut.