As MMA stars Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz continue to exchange barbs, there is growing talk of a possible trilogy fight between a pair of fighters who have a great deal of UFC history between them.
34-year-old McGregor is eyeing a return to the octagon, and a fight with Diaz, the 37-year-old American who won his last fight back when he forced Tony Ferguson into submission back in September 2022, would certainly attract a lot of attention.
If such a fight were to be scheduled, the interest would be immense, and the betting action would be very high also. Those looking to bet on MMA online would do well to check the different sportsbooks out there in search of those that offer the best payouts for their users.
The last time McGregor and Diaz went head-to-head was back in August 2016 when the Dubliner ran out a winner via a majority decision, and that came just five months after Diaz had won via submission, leaving the clashes between the two all-square.
Via Twitter, the two have been sparring regularly, McGregor mocking Diaz’s slapping technique, stating;
“This power slap championships is growing on me. Who doesn’t like watching good-quality clatters hahaha. Is it a flip of a coin who gets to go first? How long do they have to recover before they get to throw their counter? Or is it over if they’re KO’d? Fascinating. I’m attending one of these 100%. Is this Dana’s? Wtf is this madness, Dana hahaha. I’m in.”
“Me vs. Nate on it for the title, hahahaha. Maybe that’s a title you’d have a better chance of coming close to winning, Nate, you little slapper, hahahaha.” McGregor added.
Diaz responded by stating;
“I already beat you at that game too. If submissions weren’t allowed, I knocked you out way faster than Floyd [Mayweather Jr.] did. But it was real, so I choked you better and faster than [Khabib Nurmagomedov] did. Boom Roasted.”
McGregor is working himself back towards action following recovery from a broken tibia suffered during his most recent loss to Dustin Poirier, while Diaz is said to be considering a move into the boxing ring to face Jake Paul.
He is a free agent, with his main event fight at UFC 279 being the final fight of his contract, hence the potential move to a different discipline.
On that potential match-up, he recently commented;
“[Jake Paul] is for sure one of the options. He’s doing big stuff. He’s doing big things. He’s got a big fight ahead of him. If he wins that, I’m sure people will be really impressed by it. And if Anderson [Silva] does his thing on him, that’s impressive also. Now we’ve got a fight on his hands. I’m looking forward to it.”
A McGregor vs. Diaz rematch is one that UFC head honcho Dana White would obviously love to see, but it may be some way down the road as the returning Irishman may have a few other battles to overcome first.