Conor McGregor Proposes Lightweight Title Fight With Nate Diaz
By FCF Staff
Conor McGregor has repeatedly said that he wants to face Nate Diaz in a rubber match at some juncture. As McGregor gets set to fight Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, the star’s proposed that the trilogy fight could be a championship bout as well.
McGregor and Diaz fought two times in 2016, in welterweight fights, and both men scored victories. Since then, there’s been repeated talk about the two fighting for a third time, but it has never materialized.
More recently, UFC President Dana White reported that the promotion is working on a lightweight fight for Diaz. While speaking to The MacLife this week, McGregor had this to say about fighting Diaz one more time (quotes via MMA Junkie).
““I think if he’s going to come down to 155 he should come down for me, to be honest with you. Nate’s a warrior, Nate’s a go-er, Nate shows up, steps up and fights. It’s not necessary, I don’t feel, to have him fight another 155er against another contender. I feel maybe it should be me and Nate, you know.
“If it’s going to be 155 we could possibly do that for the belt. If not, I’d probably just fight Nate at 170 pounds again. The reason being we fought at 170 twice. Why mix it up for the trilogy? But, if there’s belts and titles and loftier things on the line, I’m certain a 155-pound challenge with Nate would be something. So, many great fights and many great options, and I’m pretty excited about every single one of them.”
Diaz is not currently ranked in the top 15 of the UFC’s lightweight division, while McGregor is #4.
UFC 257 will take place on January 23 in Abu Dhabi.