Cape Town - The feud between UFC featherweight champion and the only man to beat him inside the Octagon, Nate Diaz, got a whole lot more intense after McGregor sat down with ESPN to speak about the possibility of a rematch between the two at 170-pounds.
“What kind of fighter would i be, if i said, ’Hey, i didn’t get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155.’ I’ll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, i won’t do that.”
Originally scheduled to meet for the second time at UFC 200 the fight was scrapped after McGregor refused to handle media obligations and was pulled from the card according to MMALatestNews.com.
A replacement was not found after Diaz made it clear that it’s either Mcgregor or no body and that he would infact “go on holiday” if an agreement regarding the second fight could not be reached.
In the time since the fall out between McGregor and the promotion there has been much speculation surrounding the potential second match-up between the two as it seems that a deal has still not been reached and the signatures have not yet hit the paper. Regardless of no deal currently being in place the featherweight King is adamant that he was getting the better of Diaz in the first fight and that the rematch will go ahead.
“The first eight minutes of the fight was easy, Let’s be honest, i slapped the head off him. Once the gas tank went, that was it. I drowned. He landed that one punch that rang the bell and went, ‘[Gasp,] I’m back.’ He was close to being done. One or two more shots and he would have been wrapped up.”
As mentioned terms have not yet been met and the bout is not official there is a possibility of the bout headlining UFC 202 in Las vegas.
May it be the rematch or each man fighting in their respective weight classes let's just hope something happens and it happens soon.
Fans and fellow fighters alike may be foaming at the mouth to see this rematch but UFC President Dana White appeared on Sportscenter late Thursday afternoon and dropped some news regarding the rematch.
"It's just madness," White said. "It's just been tough. It's been a tough go-through, so we're looking at another fight for Conor right now and we'll see how this thing comes together. But Conor is just so obsessed with Diaz at 170, it's been crazy."
The reality is that since that McGregor fight -- obviously when you win a fight of that magnitude, it has definitely rubbed off on Nate," White said. "People do want to see Nate fight. People do want to see this fight again, and I'm one of those guys who, I want to make the fight that people want to see, and I believe people do want to see this fight.
"But, people do want to see Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo again too. I'm sure they would want to see him fight Rafael dos Anjos at 155 for that title, so there's a lot of fights out there for Conor, if we can't get this Nate fight done."
Updated to include Dana White's comments.