The buzz of Conor McGregor’s next fight has been circulating and gaining massive attention, but nothing has been officially announced from the UFC. Reports have mentioned that McGregor would be going up to the lightweight division to challenge lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
However, it doesn’t look as if McGregor’s opponent has been set just yet. An earlier report indicated McGregor was still negotiating the fight deal asking for more money. True or not, McGregor’s camp has revealed that “The Notorious” will be fighting at UFC 197 in March, regardless of who the opponent is.
McGregor’s striking coach Owen Roddy spoke with the MMA hour on Monday indicating that McGregor will be fighting at UFC 197 (transcribed by MMA Fighting):
“All I know just from listening to Conor is that he is fighting March 5,” Roddy told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “The opponent is up in the air. It could be dos Anjos. It could be whoever. But the thing is Conor is looking to fight March 5. Realistically, everybody wants to see Conor, so the opponent is not really important. I’m sure he’ll be fighting March 5. So stay tuned.”
McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh also tweeted to confirm the same message Roddy addressed.
well @rowdyowenroddy just put it perfectly. "we'll be there march 5th, doesnt matter who is opponent." that's all we can say #UFC197
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) January 11, 2016
This gives featherweight contender Frankie Edgar something to cross his fingers for in hopes of fighting McGregor for the featherweight title.
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