By Chris Anderson
Now that Conor McGregor has had his moment with Floyd Mayweather, the burning question is: Will we ever get to see McGregor & Diaz in the octagon together again?
Well if we’re to believe the President of the UFC, Dana White, not anytime soon.
When reports surfaced in September that McGregor had agreed to the fight for late December, White was quick to deny it.
Not true AT ALL
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 24, 2017
McGregor suffered his first (and only) UFC loss to Diaz at UFC 196 in early 2016.
The bout saw Notorious tap out in the second round in front of a packed MGM Arena in Las Vegas.
Fast-forward five months to UFC 202, and the pair faced off once again, this time in the T-Mobile Arena in Vegas, with McGregor winning via split decision.
Since then, Diaz has been inactive, refusing to fight again until he is given a third crack at McGregor.
On the other hand, McGregor has not appeared in the octagon since knocking out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 – instead, taking on Mayweather in a boxing ring.
📅 2013: Picked up a welfare check for $235. 💸
📅 This Weekend: Picks up over $100 million. 💰
Incredible Journey 😎🇮🇪👏 pic.twitter.com/frS2nvneMX
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 27, 2017
What Does McGregor Say?
McGregor was vague about his future plans after losing to Mayweather.
The 29-year-old did not commit to an immediate return to MMA.
Instead, he stated that he was not looking past the recovery period he had booked post-boxing.
The Irishman has always insisted there would be a third clash with Diaz, after their two classic previous fights.
The pair has developed a fierce rivalry that captivated the world, not just the UFC faithful.
QUOTE: Conor McGregor on beating Nate Diaz.https://t.co/hijKcPceB1
— SPORF (@Sporf) August 21, 2016
However, the UFC’s interim Lightweight Champion, Tony Ferguson, could well be McGregor’s next opponent.
Ferguson is currently ranked #2 in the UFC’s Lightweight rankings, behind McGregor, and has won his last 10 bouts in a row – meaning that McGregor would need to defend his belt soon, otherwise it could be stripped from him.
What this means for UFC 219, taking place on December 30th, is that McGregor will essentially have to choose between money and pride.
If he chooses money, expect to see McGregor vs Diaz III – if it’s pride, then Ferguson will get his shot at the Irishman.
Which do you think Notorious should choose? Is it time to milk the cash out of the UFC, or should he give Ferguson the shot he’s earned?
Let SPORF Know.
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