A lot of people continue to speculate about how a scrap between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor would play out, but the latter’s coach isn’t sure there’s enough buzz to make the fight happen.
Nurmagomedov extended his draw dropping, winning streak to 24 at UFC 205, by submitting fellow lightweight contender Michael Johnson. That same night, McGregor took out Eddide Alvarez to secure the 155 crown.
Since the event, Nurmagomedov has been campaigning hard for a title shot, and has even said he’ll leave the UFC if it doesn’t happen. While a lot of folks believe “The Eagle” should get a crack at the belt, that doesn’t necessarily mean the masses want to see that bout next.
Well, recently McGregor’s boxing coach Owen Roddy appeared on “The MMA Hour”. During the interview, he had this to say about McGregor – Nurmagomedov (quote via Bloody Elbow):
“You can’t really doubt Khabib at this stage now,” Roddy said. “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. 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.”
So far, it doesn’t sound like McGregor is too interested in fighting the vaunted grappler. Following UFC 205 the Irish star argued that Nurmagomedov hasn’t been active enough to earn a shot. McGregor, who is set to become a father next year, isn’t expected to fight again until next May at the earliest.