It seems like Conor McGregor is taking a backseat for a while as other contenders in the UFC try their best to get him inside of the Octagon next year.
He’s expected to be out of action until next summer due to the birth of his first child, but that hasn’t stopped fighters from calling him out.
PLENTY OF OPTIONS
Out of all the big names that have shown an interest in fighting Notorious, Khabib Nurmagomedov remains the most adamant into securing a lightweight championship bout following numerous callouts.
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Despite fans also wanting to see The Eagle get his rightful shot at the championship, the Irishman’s coach Owen Roddy believes a fight with Tyron Woodley or a third clash with Nate Diaz will be something special compared to the Dagestani.
Speaking on The MMA Hour, he said: “Maybe Woodley? For me, for him to go up and go for three belts, maybe Woodley.
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“But (Nate) Diaz again, as well, is another great one because I think it’s what fans would want to see. They want to see something special again. The Diaz fight again is special. The Woodley fight is special.”
Woodley and McGregor shared two brief altercations backstage at UFC 205, and that was quickly followed by a faceoff with Nurmagomedov as both men had to be separated by security.
LACK OF EXCITEMENT
Although many are calling for the Russian to get his title fight, Roddy doesn’t think the excitement is there because McGregor is all about the money and the pay-per-views, despite considering him a viable threat.
He added: “You can’t really doubt Khabib at this stage now.
“He’s a phenomenal grappler, a phenomenal wrestler but I don’t know whether the excitement is there. Obviously, for Conor, it’s about the pay-per-views, about the money. Whether Khabib will hit the pay-per-views for him, I don’t know.
“But he’s definitely there, thereabouts, and he poses a different threat, so it would be good to try and work out the strikes that are going to land on him. He can be hit as well; I will say that. He got hit a bit in his last fight and the same again; I believe if you give Conor a chance to land once, I don’t know whether people can come back from that.
“But it would definitely be an interesting fight. They’re the three names I suppose: Khabib, Woodley, because it would just be insane, like, can you imagine the excitement of that, that would be crazy, and then obviously you can’t argue with the Nate fight again.”
You can understand where Roddy is coming from, as Nurmagomedov hasn’t always been the most exciting of fighters, but he’s certainly a top contender that McGregor will simply have to fight sooner rather than later and the build-up to it will definitely have fans excited, despite Roddy's doubts.
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