Owen Roddy revealed that Conor McGregor has been eager to get back into the Octagon following the news that the Irish MMA star agreed to a plea deal, which saw all felony counts against him dismissed stemming from the UFC 223 bus attack.
McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, told ESPN that he would get “back to business” following Thursday’s court hearing and Roddy too believes “Notorious” will look to “push for a fight” following today’s court proceedings.
“That’s what we all envisaged would happen, and it’s just great to be able to get back to doing what we love to do,” Roddy told MMA Fighting.
“Conor has been eager to get back out there; he’s been eager to get something in front of him, to set a date and to push for fight. I think now that it’s out of the way, the potential for Conor to get back in there is very, very high.”
Roddy insisted that McGregor’s fight career was essentially “put on hold” until he faced his charges.
“Everything was put on hold because of this. We all had hoped that we would get the news that we got today, but of course, nothing could have been set in stone before the decision came through. Anything could have happened, so everything had to be put on hold until Conor got this sorted. I know we are all eager to see what’s coming next and I’m sure something’s going to lined up.”
The celebrated striking coach thinks that a clash between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov is likely before the end of the year.
“That seems about right,” Roddy replied when asked if a 2018 showdown between McGregor and Nurmagomedov was likely. “I’m sure it’s all going to be negotiated now. I would like to see that fight this year and I think the frontrunner to be Conor’s opponent for his return is Khabib. As I said before, he’s eager to get something going, he’s been training hard. He’s been doing all sorts of wrestling and jiu-jitsu — he’s just been enjoying his training. I’m sure he’s going to strike a deal with the UFC, and whenever he’s in there, we’ll be prepared.”