George Groves interested in UFC fight against Conor McGregor in future

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Virtually ever since his defeat at UFC 196 on March 5, it seems like not a day has gone by without someone calling out Conor McGregor or claiming they could beat him in a fight.

From Jose Aldo and Rafael dos Anjos taking pot shots at the Irishman, to Frankie Edgar creating frankly bizarre videos, a whole host of would-be opponents have emerged.

That list has grown by one more today, and it comes via an unlikely source. That's after British boxer George Groves admitted to being open to a UFC switch down the line, and a potentially "very interesting fight" with McGregor.


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"If McGregor is going to come to float around my weight and wants to do a pay-per-view fight and he wants to swear at me and call me names, I'd love to have a crack," said the former European, British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion, via The Daily Star.

"I think it'd make for a very interesting fight. And as I say, with him being predominantly a striker that's a huge thing as well.

"So he ain't gonna try and take me down. Unless he's tired and wants to tap out."

It is certainly an interesting proposal and one which would draw considerable intrigue, especially in England and the Emerald Isle. 

And, although it may simply be a pipe dream at this stage as Groves continues his own boxing career, it sounds like the 27-year-old has already started with some trash-talking of sorts.


He certainly didn't appear impressed with McGregor losing effort against Nate Diaz, citing the Irish star's preparations and lack of fitness as reasons for his defeat:

"I like him. He's ballsy and nuts and he doesn't care (but) I think he was unfit for that fight. He looked it to me anyway," Groves said.

"He's always out and about and he's always up to something. Really, if I was in a big fight, you're in the gym and you're in bed. 

"It's a boring life - you enjoy it after your fight or you enjoy it after your career - not in-between."

Whilst questioning McGregor, Groves was full of confidence in his own ability to make the transition to UFC further down the line. 

Shock the world

Whether he would seriously consider doing that in time to meet McGregor in his prime remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, however, pitting the British boxer's crisp punches against the relentless drive of the Irishman would be PPV gold.

"I would love to have a go at it," he concluded.

"I think once I'm satisfied with my boxing career I might slip off to hiding and do a year's worth of training and pretend to know nothing about the sport and then come out and try shock the world."

Fight fans: Would Groves stand a chance against McGregor inside the octagon? Have your say in the comments below...

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