According to his coach Owen Roddy, the former 2-division UFC champion Conor McGregor might be back in action sooner than thought.
McGregor last fought in the Octagon against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. He made quick work of the veteran in Cerrone, stopping him via TKO in 40 seconds into the very 1st-round.
Upon his return to the Octagon, McGregor had stated that he would treat 2020 as a “season”, planning to fight 3-times this year, with his last fight being for the title. His 2nd fight has not been booked yet, but his coach Owen Roddy says there is a plan in place.
During a recent Instagram Live appearance with Ariel Helwani, Roddy revealed a potential date for the “Notorious” next fight:
“Yeah, most definitely. That’s the plan hopefully. Bring the UFC back to life as well with all these shows being canceled and stuff like that,” Roddy said. “I think a fight on July 11 would bring the UFC back to life and get everybody back on track. My fingers are crossed and I’m sure the rest of the world fingers are crossed for that fight.”
Roddy also cited Justin Gaethje as a possible opponent for McGregor:
“Anyone to be honest but you know maybe Gaethje. There is a lot of talks about Gaethje. I mean he is an exciting fighter. I would like to see it, I’m sure you’d like to see it and the rest of the world would like to see it. Yeah potentially that, but to be honest, anyone. I know Conor is ready to go and everyone will be ready to go by the time July comes around.”
Justin Gaethje has been calling for a fight against the Irishman for some time now. He has accused McGregor of “ducking him”. Recently, he even went as far as saying that he would punch UFC president Dana White “in the nose” if he didn’t get the McGregor fight.
Gaethje’s manager Ali Abdelaziz said that he would be willing to set up a rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, if McGregor accepts a fight against Gaethje and wins.
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 18th March, 2020.