Tony Ferguson has taken aim at Conor McGregor on several occasions since he claimed the UFC interim lightweight title with a third round submission over Kevin Lee in the main event of UFC 216 on Saturday night.
Most recently, “El Cucuy” appeared on The MMA Hour, and explained how he would haunt McGregor’s dreams as he chases him down for a title shot.
Conor McGregor’s coach Owen Roddy joined Submission Radio to give his reaction to the interim title fight. Although Roddy echoed his earlier sentiments about Nate Diaz being his preference for McGregor’s next fight, he agreed that Ferguson too would make for a great matchup for the Irishman.
That being said, he thinks “The Notorious” would overwhelm Ferguson with his precision striking.
“His style is, you know, it’s not traditional, it’s a bit unorthodox and stuff, but I just honestly think that Conor’s going to be way too clean for Ferguson,” Roddy told Submission Radio hosts Kacper Rosolowski and Denis Shkuratov.
“If Ferguson tries to stand with Conor for an extended period of time it will be lights out, in my opinion.
“You know, he’s tough as well, he’s tough and durable, so he may take a couple of smacks, but at the end of the day Conor’s going to be way too clean and too technical to… he won’t get touched.
“That’s my opinion. But yeah, it will be an interesting one and it will be an exciting fight as well because Ferguson does come to fight and he’s aggressive, he goes in, he looks to finish fights, so it will be exciting. But yeah, without a doubt if he wants to stand and bang with Conor it’ll be lights out fairly quick, I think.”
Roddy doesn’t see the newly crowned champ’s chin holding up in a similar fashion to Diaz’s in his first two bouts with McGregor.
“I think the one unique thing that Diaz has is just that unbelievable chin, and like, I don’t think Ferguson would be able to take the shots that Diaz took,” said Roddy.
“Do you know what I mean? I think he would be asleep or the ref would have stepped in and have stopped the fight if Conor lands. Where Diaz, like, Conor was landing all the shots on Diaz as well and all the other stuff that we came up with worked against Diaz, it’s just he kept coming and coming and coming and coming.
“I don’t think Ferguson is as durable as Diaz, so I think we’ll be well able to land the shots. You know, there’s plenty of holes in there in Ferguson’s game and I think we can capitalize and land any shots that we need to land.”
Roddy went on to say how he still feels the vast majority of fans want to see the Diaz trilogy fight, but also highlighted that the Ferguson fight made sense.
Although Roddy can see the sense in a unification fight with Ferguson, he doubts that McGregor sees much legitimacy in Ferguson’s interim title.
“Conor has his belts at home and he’s never lost them, so in his eyes it’s not real, like, you know what I mean?”
He added: “Conor’s always got his belts at home, and nobody’s came and beat him to get those belts, so in his eyes he’s still the featherweight champion and he’s still the lightweight champion. And I think the Ferguson fight will be exciting, whether it comes earlier next year or whenever, but I think it will be an exciting fight.”
The SBG Charlestown head coach claimed that he expects McGregor to return to the Octagon for his next fight, despite some talk of potential boxing bouts with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi being on the table.
He also couldn’t completely rule out McGregor returning in December. He did suggest that another fight in 2017 was unlikely and claimed he would prefer to see McGregor fight in the new year.