UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s(21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) continues to generate headlines on next move following his loss to Floyd Mayweather in tenth round via TKO in August.
However, a recent speculation run rampant on a matchup with Tony Ferguson seems to gain some traction. A few weeks back, El Cucuy garnered the victory against Kevin Lee at UFC 216 via triangle choke submission, claiming to be interim UFC Lightweight championship. After winning the bout, Ferguson called out Mcgregor for Title unification bout. In a post-fight interview, even Dana White said this fight has to happen.
Coach Owen Roddy recently appeared on Talking Brawls podcast; Notorious is back in the gym for training after much-needed summer vacation. So Ferguson’s fight starts to make more sense now.
“It’s exciting,” said Roddy. “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 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. I still see the same outcome. I still see Conor — if they’re standing for any sort of extended period on the feet, it’ll be a quick one and that’s it.
Owen ready said Ferguson could bring some trouble inside the Octagon if McGregor remains his composure, tapping down wouldn’t be hard.
“He’s just not as tidy as Conor. You play the percentages, and Conor’s the cleaner, more refined striker. Ferguson is tough, he’s unorthodox, but in my opinion Conor’s just the superior striker, most definitely.”
“You got to give it to Ferguson, he’s tricky on the ground and he’s got some nice submissions and stuff. But if it was to go to the ground and Conor keeps it simple, and doesn’t get caught up in any of that crazy stuff [he’ll be fine].”
Recently Eddie Bravo presenting Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson his black belt. In return, Owen is not too worried about his 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu style.
“It’s a great style,” Roddy said of Bravo’s system. “It’s great if you’re getting caught up in that guard, because you don’t know it. But I think if you’ve got very good fundamentals, it makes it very difficult for you to get anything off in 10th planet. I think some of it as well is a little bit attribute based. you need to be really, really flexible to play that rubber guard stuff.
“But if you go in there lazy and you don’t know that game, you can be caught out very quick — But that wont be the case if Conor does go and meet Ferguson. We have a lot of guys in the gym that play that 10th planet style, watching Tony seeing what he likes to use, and having answers and options if that occurs.”
Even UFC president Dana White said he hopes Mcgregor will fight by the end of this year, maybe at UFC 219 on December 30.
Owen Roddy said not sure when will champion returns, if he wants to fight by the end of this, that’s possible.
“If Conor wants to go at the end of the year, then we go straight into camp. He came back training last week, and got a couple of sessions in. He’s back in the gym after that whole whirlwind. I think it’d be great to let him get back training and enjoying training and take it from there but at the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. If we go into camp tomorrow, we go into camp tomorrow, and we get it done.”
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