Will There Be a Third Fight Between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz?

August 21, 2016

After suffering his first UFC loss at the hands of Nate Diaz in March, Conor McGregor requested an immediate rematch. He was granted the rematch and evened the score against Diaz on Saturday, winning by majority decision in the UFC 202 main event.Nate-Diaz-Conor-McGregor-UFC-202-w-02-750x370

Following the fight, McGregor was open to a trilogy bout with Diaz, but had a stipulation.

“Surprise, surprise! The king is back! If you want this trilogy, it’s on my terms. I came up to 170, now you’ll come back to 155 and we’ll finish what we’ve started. I knew what I had to do this time around and I did it,” said McGregor following the decision win.

Diaz felt as if he did enough to get the nod from the judges, and called for an immediate rematch. After all, he agreed to give McGregor one after their first fight.

“I came here to fight. I want number three, I gave him number two, so let’s do it.,” said Diaz. “Thank you to my team, Richard Perez, Gilbert, Jake and my brother Nick Diaz, he’s the best fighter in the world. Peace out Stockton.”

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UFC president Dana White wants McGregor to defend his 145-pound title next. If a trilogy bout happens, it will have to be after McGregor faces interim champion Jose Aldo or relinquishes the belt.

“We’re definitely not doing this a third time right now. I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t want to see this fight again, but Conor is either gonna go defend his (featherweight) title or give his title up, and we’ll go from there,” he said during the UFC 202 Post Show on FS1.

While appearing on ESPN’s SportsCenter, White hammered home his opinion that McGregor should defend his belt in his next outing or relinquish it.

“Conor has to defend his title or make a decision to give it up or whatever he wants to do. I have to sit down and see what’s next,” he said. “If I was Conor, I’d defend my title.”

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