With his long absence from the sport likely to come to an end this year, questions still remain about who Conor McGregor will face first. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nuramgomedov, or perhaps not…
Conor McGregor entered the UFC in 2013 as an unknown. Just five years later and ‘The Notorious’ is the biggest name in the sport, perhaps all combat sports. Although he hasn’t competed in MMA since UFC 205 in 2016, fans are eagerly awaiting confirmation of his next fight.
Crossing over to boxing during his two-year absence from the UFC, Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather in a multi-million dollar ‘fight.’ With Khabib Nurmagomedov winning McGregor’s stripped title, a clash between Ireland and Russia seemed the obvious fight to make.
McGregor’s mentor John Kavanagh dropped some comments on the Khabib fight earlier this month, and now Owen Roddy, his striking coach, has a very interesting statement regarding Georges St-Pierre.
“GSP Has Flaws”
According to Roddy, as per MMAFighting.com, the former welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre has flaws that Conor McGregor could expose:
“[GSP] is one of the best to ever do it. He has a tricky code to crack, most definitely. Same with Khabib, that style is [tricky], but you can come up with plans to beat them. Nobody is perfect. There are flaws in everyone’s game — there are flaws in Khabib’s game and there are flaws in GSP’s game.”
“They both do what they do really well, but at the end of the day, for me, what Conor has over all of them is he’s so good at landing shots, he lands a shot within the first minute and 99 percent of people can’t take it. In those small gloves, he is going to catch you, he’s going to catch you on the chin or on the temple and there are very few people who can deal with that.”
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“Every fight is exciting, it’s like, ‘How do we approach this guy? What’s he going to come up with? What threats does he have and where are his flaws?’” Roddy explained.
“We’ll find the threats and look at how to nullify them. Then we look at the flaws and see how we capitalize on them. It’s not just me, it’s a team effort: it’s John [Kavanagh], it’s Conor — Conor has a huge input on what shots he uses. He’s such a smart fighter. People think he just goes in and lands the left hand, but it’s everything before — he’s leading people into that position and he’s very good at doing that.”
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 3?
“I’d love to see [the Diaz] fight again — a trilogy fight would be awesome — but I always [think about] what’s getting the most attention and the Khabib fight seems to be brewing up nicely. The fans are really getting behind it,” Roddy told Mike Sheridan at a Q and A at SBG Charlestown on Saturday morning.
“I never thought the Mayweather fight was going to happen, but when the fans got behind it and then when Mayweather started talking you knew it was going to happen.”
Many potential fights await the UFC’s most recognized fighter, but will the fans have the final say?