The latest report on the possibility of the fight is that it’s simply a matter of contracts being finalized.
“It’s not happening at a more natural 155 pounds. It’s happening at 170 pounds. The contracts are already out there and that’s what they want,” Ariel Helwani recently said on The MMA Hour, not revealing specific sources.
“(McGregor) is obsessed with the idea that he lost to Nate Diaz at 170 pounds, he feels like he should have won and he wants the same circumstances, the same rules, the same stipulations. He wants to do it again and prove that he is the better man.”
In addition to the report on The MMA Hour, while he fell short of confirming anything, Diaz himself sounded as if a rematch was coming together in some comments he made to Rolling Stone.
“I lost plenty of decisions and I’ve never got a rematch, to this day. So that’s crazy. Conor got worked over and now they’re saying, ‘rematch,’ which makes sense,” Diaz said. “I understand that. I just think it’s funny because, it’s like, Jose Aldo didn’t get a rematch.”
While there are many people shaking their heads at the prospect of a rematch, when Diaz choked McGregor out in the second round of their first match-up at UFC 196, it appears that we’re heading closer and closer to the likelihood of a rematch.