“Everyone is like, ‘oh he’s going to retire – he made so much money’. He’s ambitious. He’s super ambitious, and he loves to fight. He loves to compete and he’s a superb professional athlete. So, there’s much more Conor McGregor that everybody will see, and we’ll see what’s next.”McGregor and Diaz have a infamous history as rivals. In March last year, the two met at the UFC 196 in Las Vegas, with Diaz reigning victorious by submission with 48 seconds left in the second round.Five months later, the duo came together again for the fight of the year, at UFC 202, again in Las Vegas. This time McGregor won the fight, and the highest fight purse in history.Therefore, with one win each, it is expected that McGregor and Diaz will chose to fight one more time to expose the stronger sportsman, thus initiating the rubber match that has been dubbed, the ‘Trilogy fight’.
“I faced him at 170lbs, he beat me, I rematched him at 170lbs, I beat him. Now I’m the 155lbs champion, now 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 it at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won. So now I won that and I won the 155lbs title after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155lbs limit.”Meanwhile, UFC president Dana White has put the rumours of the fight firmly to bed when he tweeted that there is absolutely no truth in a fight between McGregor and Diaz scheduled for December. “Not true AT ALL”, he tweeted, breaking the hearts of fans across the globe who have been excitedly waiting for a Christmas they’d never forget.Although, whilst White has confirmed the fight won’t be happening this year. There is no denying that it could be on the cards for next year. This was bolstered by McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh earlier this year, who said:
“I’ve said for a long time that the Nate Diaz trilogy fight at lightweight is what I’d personally like to see next. That still needs to be put to bed.
It’s probably a little late in the day to realistically expect another fight before the end of the year, because even after this hiatus is over, a lot goes into the planning and execution of a training camp at our level. I find it hard to envisage another fight in 2017.
Then again, knowing Conor, I could get a text message tonight telling me otherwise. He’s difficult to predict, which is one of the many reasons why he’s so fascinating.”