For weeks, there’s been a lot of speculation and talk about Conor McGregor fighting Nate Diaz next, but, it sounds like Dana White might not be on board with that idea, following UFC 216.
Even before McGregor was stopped by Floyd Mayweather in August, many argued that a rubber match between the lightweight champ and Diaz would materialize in the coming months. The argument being that it’s the biggest fight the UFC can offer McGregor right now. McGregor has said he intends to defend his title, but he also didn’t outright commit to fighting the winner of Saturday’s Tony Ferguson – Kevin Lee contest.
Well, following Ferguson’s submission win over Lee last night at UFC 216, White had this to say (quotes via MMA Fighting):
“Nobody’s talked about Diaz. Diaz has never been talked about. That’s internet bullsh*t,” White said. “Tony’s the interim champion, Conor’s the champion, that’s the fight that makes sense. It’s the fight that has to happen, it doesn’t ‘make sense,’ it’s the fight that has to happen.”
“Tony’s a busy guy,” White added. “He keeps coming forward, he keeps throwing all kinds of different things at ya. And Conor’s awesome. There’s no way that’s not a great fight. Impossible.”
Yup. It’s definitely hard to imagine McGregor – Ferguson being a dud, and for hardcore fans / purists, it’s the bout that indeed, has to happen.
After all, the UFC could look at booking McGregor – Diaz III down the line, as, it’s not like the latter is the #1 contender at 155. Ferguson is the interim champ now, and when you consider McGregor hasn’t defended the 155 title yet, signing that fight would make a lot of folks happy. More than McGregor – Diaz III? Hard to say.
White also said, again, that McGregor wants to fight before the year is out. This is kind of surprising to hear, as McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh, has said he doesn’t see the fighter competing again in 2017. Kavanagh, it should be noted, has always proposed McGregor – Diaz III for St. Patrick’s Day.