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Conor McGregor could face knockout artist Justin Gaethje in his next fight on July 11 at UFC's annual international fight week.
The promotion's ninth annual international fight week will take place from July 7 through to July 12 in Las Vegas. The week-long series of events will be headlined by the blockbuster UFC 252.
And McGregor's striking coach Owen Roddy has suggested his man headlines the event against No.4 ranked lightweight Gaethje.
The UFC is currently on suspension with cards being cancelled amid the coronavirus outbreak and Roddy believes a fan-friendly fight between McGregor and Gaethje would bring the sport back to life.
"I think a fight on July 11 would bring the UFC back to life and get everybody back on track."@coachowenroddy says the plan is for @TheNotoriousMMA to fight this summer and mentions Justin Gaethje as an exciting opponent (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/0KJxMHNJJD
- ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 17, 2020
"Most definitely. That's the plan hopefully," he told Ariel Helwani.
"Bring the UFC back to life as well with all these shows being canceled 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.
"Anyone to be honest but you know, maybe Gaethje," Roddy added. "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."
A fight can happen with 10 ppl in the room. It's one of the few sports that can do this at the professional level. I'm with @danawhite on this all day. Let us get paid and entertain you.
- Justin Gaethje :flag_us: (@Justin_Gaethje) March 17, 2020
McGregor took 15 months to return to the famed Octagon following his submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov by destroying Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds earlier this year.
And Gaethje wants a piece of the Irishman after his triumphant comeback.
"I think I put myself in a great position to fight for a world title, to try to be the best in the world," he explained.
"If Conor wants to go past me, he has to go through me.
"I think that's the only way to legitimise the process and make it right. I think that's the fight."
McGregor vs. Gaethje in the summer? Watch this space.