Conor McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy states their reasons why the Irish superstar has not defended any of his UFC world titles.
Conor McGregor has set some notable records in the UFC. Apart from being the first fighter to simultaneously become a world champion in two weight classes, he is also the only fighter to have zero attempts at defending any of his titles.
McGregor has yet to be officially stripped of the UFC lightweight title, which both Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov would be contending for at UFC 223 this April. But according to his striking coach Owen Roddy, McGregor should not exactly be faulted for it.
“You know, and at the moment – he didn’t get to defend his featherweight belt because at the time there was nobody there for him to fight against, there just wasn’t the opponent there,” Roddy told Submission Radio in a recent interview. “So, unfortunately, that’s why he had to give it up, you know what I mean? And that’s been the case at lightweight as well, there wasn’t the name to fight.”
“At the end of the day, Conor, he’s a superstar now, and he deserves the big, big paychecks that he’s garnered – obviously in his last boxing fight – he deserves these big paychecks, and there hasn’t been a big name in the UFC to match him.”
Roddy adds that McGregor is only interested in the biggest and most sensible matchup at any given weight.
“But, you know, as I said, whoever kicks up the biggest fuss and gets the biggest, I suppose fan base behind them, he will fight,” Roddy said. “And whether it’s at featherweight, whether it’s at lightweight, or whether it’s at a different weight, you know, wherever the biggest fight is, I’m sure that’s the one Conor will take because that’s what he’s about.
“He’s not afraid to defend any belt, he’s not afraid to fight anybody, but he wants to fight the biggest fights possible,” he added. “He’s the biggest name in the sport and he wants the biggest fights that he could possibly do, you know what I mean? I think that’s why people love him.”
McGregor last stepped inside the UFC Octagon at UFC 205 in November 2016, where he won the 155-pound title against Eddie Alvarez, while still having the featherweight belt in his possession. After which, he instead chose to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing match last August, where he lost via tenth-round TKO.