After the five round war that Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor engaged in at UFC 202, many fans are clamoring for a rubber match between the two volatile fighters. Dana White said it ain’t happening any time soon, but Diaz says he’s content to wait.
“I’m not doing s**t until we go for round three. You won’t be seeing me until then,” Nate told reporters following the match on Saturday night. “If they want to set it up as soon as possible, let’s do it. But I don’t think it’s a very good business move for him to be taking any other fights, and he’s a businessman, so we’ll see what happens.”
McGregor offered Diaz a chance to finish their trilogy in his past-fight interview with Joe Rogan, but claimed it would have to be at 155 pounds — a weight closer to the division that McGregor is currently the champion of, the 145 pound featherweight class.
UFC president Dana White has gone on record repeatedly as saying that McGregor would be required to defend that championship in his next fight, no matter what happened in the rematch against Diaz. He even said it again after McGregor vs. Diaz II turned into an epic five-round battle that will likely be the front runner for Fight of the Year. However, fan outcry (and millions and millions of potential PPV dollars) may change his mind.
McGregor was less forthcoming about his future plans after UFC 202, only telling the media that he had a few things in the pipeline and wasn’t all that interested in a rematch with Jose Aldo, the current interim featherweight champion (which is the match that White has insisted must happen next).
Whatever McGregor does next, Diaz says he in no rush to get back in the cage unless it comes with another major (and we mean major) pay day.
“Nothing else interests me. Unless it costs a lot of money,” Nate clarified. “We’re gonna fight for a big payday, for a big situation. And no one out here is making a big enough of a big enough deal to fight. So when Conor’s ready to do his thing again, no rush, take your time. Go on vacation, we can do it as soon as he wants to set it up.”