Owen Roddy reckons Tyron Woodley or Nate Diaz would be ideal for Conor McGregor's next fight

Echoing comments made by John Kavanagh last week, Roddy wasn't too keen on a bout with Khabib Nurmagomedov

BY Cian Roche 21:29 Monday 21 November 2016, 21:29 21 Nov 2016

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Conor McGregor's striking coach Owen Roddy says he would like to see the lightweight and featherweight champion fight for a third belt when he next steps into the Octagon.

Speaking on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani on Monday evening, Roddy gave his opinion on McGregor's next fight in the UFC after making history in New York two weeks ago.

"Maybe [Tyron] Woodley," he said. "For me, for him to go up and compete for a third belt [welterweight], maybe Woodley. [Nate] Diaz again is another great one. 

"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."

Asked whether a lightweight title defence against Khabib Nurmagomedov would be an attractive prospect for McGregor, Roddy wasn't too convinced it would be the right fight.

"You can't really doubt Khabib at this stage. He's a phenomenal grappler and a phenomenal wrestler. But I don't know whether the excitement is there, you know? Obviously for Conor it's about the pay-per-views. It's about the money. Whether Khabib will hit the pay-per-views for him I just don't know.

"He's definitely there or thereabouts. He poses a different threat so it would be good to sort of work out what strikes 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.

"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."


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