If Conor McGregor does return to the UFC for his next fight, it’s quite possible that he’ll overlook the likes of top lightweight contenders such as Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov in favor of a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz.
Speaking after his tenth round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night, Diaz was the name that ‘The Notorious’ was dropping, but if it does happen, this time it will be at lightweight.
“100%,” McGregor said in an interview with BBC News Northern Ireland. “I’m the 155-pound champion, I’ve faced him at 170, he beat me. Then I rematched him at 170, I beat him. Now I’m the 155-pound world champion, if he wants that fight, he must come down.
“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” McGregor said. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half, and then I came in and I won. So now, I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.”
That shouldn’t be too much of a hardship for Diaz, who was in attendance to watch Mayweather Vs McGregor this past weekend, as he has fought for most of his career at lightweight.
In fact, aside from his two fights with McGregor, Diaz’s last outing was at 155lbs against Michael Johnson back in December of 2015, which proved to be one of his most impressive showings in recent times, notching up a convincing unanimous decision victory.