MMA News: Conor McGregor on the final chapter of his trilogy with Nate Diaz
Conor wants the third fight with Diaz for the lightweight strap at 155 pounds
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz fought one of the most gruesome battles in MMA history that turned out to generate the highest pay-per-view sales. The duo fought at UFC 202 which ended with the Mystic Mac taking home a majority decision win over Diaz. Now that the score between them is even, McGregor has a piece of advice for his foe.
"There could be a potential fight, maybe down the line for the lightweight belt after I win this. But to see him have to make the weight, and then to see the damage that he took in the last fight, and then come in at a much lower weight? It wouldn’t end good for him."
The Featherweight champ advised Diaz against an immediate third match citing the damage Diaz has received on his face from their last battle. However, McGregor is willing to fight Diaz for the third time if he wins the Lightweight Title after a probable win over Eddie Alvarez, with the stakes higher than before.
Many fans have guessed this to be his idea as previously during the post-fight interview with Joe Rogan at UFC 202, McGregor stated he would want the third match between the duo to be a lightweight bout. This plan could have been dwelling for a long time in the mind of The Notorious one.
"There was a lot of damage done to Nathan in that last fight," McGregor said in a recent Q&A session according to Bloodyelbow.com. "Even looking at his facial features, they’re not the same. So I know those close to him will understand what I’m talking about."
It’s clear that The Notorious is not interested in a fight with Diaz at the moment and the fans can’t expect this to happen sooner as McGregor is expected to take his time off the sport after UFC 205 to deal with some personal issues.
"So I’d imagine, and I probably hope that his people close to him would stop him from doing it. It’s done now. Cash your money, and bounce. But, I’ll call him and we’ll see what happens,” McGregor continued.
McGregor is the current UFC Featherweight Champion and he will go toe to toe with the UFC Lightweight Champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden where he will attempt to be the first mixed martial artist to hold UFC titles in two weight classes simultaneously.
But if he does win the Lightweight belt, he will have to sacrifice one of them according to UFC President Dana White.