Conor McGregor’s camp appear to have a plan in mind to not only fight on July 11th, but also simultaneously bring the UFC back to life.
“I think a fight on July 11 would bring the UFC back to life and get everybody back on track,” one of McGregor’s long-time coaches Owen Roddy told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.
“Bring the UFC back to life as well with all these shows being cancelled and stuff like that, I think a fight on July 11 would bring the UFC back to life and get everybody back on track. So my fingers are crossed and I’m sure the rest of the world fingers are crossed for that fight.”
As for who the opponent would be, Roddy has suggested that Justin Gaethje would be a good match-up for the Irish superstar.
“Anyone to be honest but you know, maybe Gaethje. There is a lot of talk about Gaethje. I mean, he’s an exciting fighter, Gaethje. I would like to see it, I’m sure you’d like to see it, and I’m sure the rest of the world would like to see it. So yeah, potentially that, but to be honest, anyone. I know Conor is raring to go and everyone will be raring to go by the time July comes around.”
That would certainly be a thrilling fight, with the No.4 ranked Gaethje being one of the most lethal finishers in the sport, having put together 18 stoppage victories in 21 career wins, including his current trio of T(KO) victories against James Vick, Edson Barboza and most recently Donald Cerrone, all of which came in the first round.
McGregor’s own record is just as formidable though, having stopped 19 of his 22 career wins inside the distance, including a 40 second TKO of Donald Cerrone last time out.
With that in mind it’s a fight that everyone would want to see, but with the coronavirus pandemic having thrown the world into such turmoil and uncertainty, for the time being there’s more hope than expectation that this match-up could actually take place in July.