Just moments after Conor McGregor’s majority decision victory over Nate Diaz at UFC 202 last night, ‘The Notorious’ Irish superstar called out his rival for a trilogy fight.
“Surprise, surprise motherf*ckers!” McGregor declared at the start of his Octagon interview with Joe Rogan. “The king is back!”
The gloating was understandable given the circumstances of his impressive win, but despite the gruelling 25 minutes he’d just experienced, McGregor quickly moved on to calling out Diaz for a trilogy fight.
“All I know is that it’s 1-1,” McGregor said. “I came up to 170 [pounds] to test the bigger man, face adversity. I want the trilogy, but it’s on my terms. Come back to 155 [pounds]. Let’s do it.”
While Diaz disagreed with the decision, he definitely saw eye-to-eye with McGregor that a third fight between them is a must.
“I came to this fight worse off than last time,” Diaz said in his post-fight interview. “I didn’t get to train. I had injuries. I’m not making excuses, but you should have finished me off.
“I’m ready for [No. 3]. I gave you [No. 2].”
While both fighters are in agreement, UFC President Dana White later indicated that it might not happen right away as McGregor has other business to attend to as the UFC’s featherweight champion.
“Conor has to defend his title or make a decision to give it up or whatever he wants to do,” White told ESPN. “I don’t know. I’ve got to sit down and see what’s next.
If I was Conor, I’d defend my title.”