Conor McGregor is Determined Not to be Forgotten by Nate Diaz… He Sent the Stockton Fighter a Message of Congratulations After He Beat Anthony Pettis at UFC 241…
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz have one of the best rivalries in MMA. If not for Rafael Dos Anjos getting injured back in 2016, they might never have even fought. But they threw down twice, with the first fight one of the biggest shocks in the history of MMA and the second one of the greatest ever fights.
Nate made his return after three years out of action following that rematch with McGregor. He came back to put a beating on Anthony Pettis, brutalising him with ruthless pressure and taking a dominant decision over the former champion. Now he’s got his eyes set on a clash with his fellow fan-favourite Jorge Masvidal.
But Conor McGregor is still in the picture and he knows that Diaz would love to run that one back. He tried to get in Diaz’s head by reminding him about their potential trilogy fight.
Don’t Forget Me
McGregor wrote the following message on Instagram congratulating Diaz for getting the win. It does seem like he has genuine respect for his fellow fighter, unlike the loathing he shares with Khabib for example. Anyway, he wrote:
“3 years to the day myself and this Mexican animal went to war.
Congrats on the win this weekend Nate, it was motivating to see it for my own comeback. I don’t blame you not mentioning me for the trilogy bout post-fight, you know what I’m like when I get going. Vicious. I loved the round 3 style from round 1 that you implemented. It’s what I was hoping you would implement for this bout and was glad to see you do it.
I’ll be prepared for it when we go again. If we go again.
If not, respect always. A war for the ages. No bitch talk. Just real shit.”
Has the moment passed McGregor by though? Perhaps it would have been a good idea to fight the Diaz trilogy before going on to get smashed by Khabib Nurmagamedov. With all of the drama surrounding ‘The Notorious’ over the last couple of years, his stock has arguably been at its lowest – at least in the eyes of the fans.
When a video goes viral of you punching an old man because he doesn’t want to drink your whiskey, then you know that the tide is probably turning against you. He may need to fight again simply to revive his name and remain relevant.
Meanwhile, Diaz is clearly in the hunt for that showdown with Masvidal. ‘Gamebred’ confirmed that negotiations have begun between the two camps for what would be one of the most epic match-ups of the last couple of years. These two men pull no punches. They talk the talk and walk the walk. That’s what you want from a fight.
Judging from the reaction of UFC fans to Diaz’s return, the Stockton fighter hasn’t lost any of his cred by being absent for three years. If anything he’s as popular as he ever was.