The name Conor McGregor will forever be etched into the pages of MMA history. McGregor defeated Eddie Alvarez remarkably at UFC 205 a few weeks ago. With the win, he became the first fighter in UFC history to hold two titles simultaneously.
Although McGregor found his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the 28-year-old’s reign as a two-division champion will be put to the test. A long line of ambitious opponents are waiting to get a shot at one of his gold-plated straps.
There might be a pool of grizzled vets who are more than willing to shut McGregor’s mouth up and take one of his belts. But one familiar face is throwing his name back into the mix.
McGregor Defeated Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York by TKO
Following McGregor’s one-side drubbing of Alvarez, Nate Diaz did not waste any time to call out his rival for a third dance inside the Octagon.
Diaz shocked the world by submitting McGregor in a welterweight bout at UFC 196 last March. It was a different story in their rematch as McGregor avenged his loss by carving out a majority decision last August.
Since the disappointing defeat, Diaz has been campaigning hard for a rubber match against McGregor.
UFC President Dana White however may have other plans. White said recently that he was done with the whole McGregor-Diaz rivalry and that a third fight is NOT in the cards.
Regardless, a third fight between McGregor and Diaz might be the fight that MMA fans truly deserve. Make no mistake about it, Diaz is McGregor’s toughest opponent to date.
Having said that, it’s a mystery why White is impeding the bout. Let’s take a look at Four Reasons UFC Doesn’t Want McGregor vs Diaz III.
McGregor’s Final Answer: Lightweight or Featherweight?
In the words of McGregor himself, “I’m going to wrap one [belt] on one shoulder and I’m going to wrap the other [belt] on the other shoulder.”
“They’re going to need a f*cking army to come take them belts off me!”
McGregor has two shiny belts in his living room right now, and he intends to keep them both.
However, White maintains that McGregor can only keep one title and needs to vacate the other.
McGregor vehemently disagrees with White as he wants to keep both titles and plans to return to featherweight to defend his crown.
By competing at featherweight again, McGregor will finally rematch Jose Aldo after having dismissed him on several occasions.
According to people close to the McGregor camp, it appears that lightweight is the right division for McGregor. As a lightweight he doesn’t need to drain himself to meet the lower featherweight limit.
Before moving forward with Diaz, the UFC needs to hear from McGregor as to where he will permanently establish his mark of dominance.