Conor McGregor Wants To Fight Nate Diaz At Lightweight If UFC Gold Is On The Line
Conor McGregor would be open to a lightweight clash against Nate Diaz but UFC gold has to be up for grabs.
McGregor and Diaz have shared the Octagon twice. In their first encounter back in March 2016, Diaz pulled off a second-round submission victory via rear-naked choke. McGregor emerged victorious in their Aug. 2016 rematch, picking up the majority decision win in an instant classic.
McGregor feels he’s the best opponent to welcome Diaz back to the lightweight division. This is what he told The Mac Life (via MMAFighting.com).
“I’d love to compete against Diaz. We will compete again. If it happens at lightweight for a title, that would be something special, also. There’s many great options that are in the works and let’s see what happens. I am ready.”
McGregor went on to say that he feels Nate doesn’t have to fight another contender to get a third bout against him.
“I think if he’s going to come down to 155, he should come down for me to be honest with you. I hear maybe giving him a shot in there but Nate’s a warrior, Nate’s a goer. Nate shows up, steps up and fights. It’s not necessary I feel to have him fight at 155 against another contender. I feel maybe it should be me and Nate. If he’s going to do 155, we could possibly do that for the belt.”
UFC President Dana White recently revealed that he’s in talks with Diaz for a return fight. The UFC boss said the bout would be contested at 155 pounds.
McGregor said that if a title isn’t on the line, it would make more sense to have the trilogy fight with Diaz at welterweight. The “Notorious” one argues that it wouldn’t make sense to change the weight class unless a title is at stake.