Much of 2016 was dominated by talk about McGregor vs. Diaz. The latter buzzed the MMA world big time in March, by submitting McGregor at UFC 196. Since that fight was contested at 170 pounds, McGregor – to his credit – campaigned hard for a second welterweight scrap with Diaz. The Irish star got his wish, and proceeded to decision Diaz in August.
Although more recently there hasn’t been as much discussion about McGregor – Diaz III, it still comes up. Recently White appeared on The Michael Kay show, and he was asked about a rubber match between the two. Here is some of what the UFC boss man had to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“The problem with the rubber match is Diaz is a 170 pounder. He’s a massive guy. Conor is a very talented guy, he’s very, very good. Every time he goes out there he looks better… [But] we should have never done it in the first place. That’s what weight classes are for. They wanted to do it, we did it. They wanted to do it again, we did it again. They’re 1-1.
“There’s only so many of those wars you can be in in your career. It takes a lot out of you. Some guys go into wars like that and they’re never the same after it. Look at Meldrick Taylor when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez. He was never the same after that fight. We’ve had those type of fights too. I believe that Rory MacDonald was never the same after the Robbie Lawler fight. That fight ruined him. I don’t want to do that to someone special like Conor McGregor. It’s just not right.”
There you go. It should also be noted that after their second scrap, McGregor said he wanted a third fight to take place at 155, if they are booked to fight again. Can Diaz make 155 any longer? The Stockton fighter did face lightweight contender Michael Johnson last December and lost via decision.
Chance are McGregor will face Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov next.