Conor McGregor's Coach Confirms His Three-Fight Plan For 2020 And It's Huge
Conor McGregor's coach Owen Roddy insists his fighter's plan is still to fight Jorge Masvidal then Khabib Nurmagomedov after Donald Cerrone.
McGregor will make his eagerly-awaited UFC comeback in 2020 when he faces Cerrone in a welterweight bout on January 18 at UFC 246.
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The Irishman laid out a three-fight plan for his MMA return at a press conference in Russia, which includes a bout against BMF champion Masvidal and a rematch with UFC lightweight king Nurmagomedov.
And according to his coach, that's still the plan for 2020.
"That's the plan," Roddy revealed. "That's what he wants to do and there's one thing I always say: when Conor says he wants to do something, if anyone is going to do it, he can.
"But, let's not look past Cerrone. He's a tricky opponent and he's a veteran with tricks up his sleeve. But Conor going in there the way he looks now, he should do well."
Roddy also believes the 31-year-old fighter will look like the man who beat Diaz in a five-round war when he returns to the Octagon.
"Looking at the second fight with Nate Diaz fight, that's what you're going to see," he added.
"It's that Conor. He's been at this weight for a while. He's used to training at this weight; grappling and sparring, running and doing the miles. His body knows how to move that weight around now and he knows how to move it around quickly.
"There's no killing himself to make weight and there's no limit calories in the last three weeks of camp trying to get down to weight...that's gone. Now, he's just focusing on his training, doing what he's doing, looking at his opponent and breaking him down and dismantling him in the fight."
Masvidal does not yet have a fight lined up, but he has suggested a clash with McGregor could be on the cards.
Nurmagomedov, on the other hand, is set to defend his belt against No.1 contender Tony Ferguson on April 18 at UFC 249.