Nate Diaz wants a rematch with the champion, but this time he wants the belt.
Rumors have been swirling about the next opponent of Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, and the man replaced by Diaz, UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael dos Anjos. Since his submission of McGregor, Diaz has gained a lot of leverage for picking his next opponent.
There have been rumors of a clash with Welterweight Champ Robbie Lawler or a fight with future Hall of Famer Georges St. Pierre. When asked about the potential welterweight fights, Diaz replied: “Those are both great fights, big fights, but those are both my brother’s fights. I’m not going to step on his shoes. I would like to fight for the Lightweight title.”
Rather than stay at welterweight, where his brother Nick fights, Nate wants to fight at a lighter weight, and for a title. Nate has his sights set on one man: Rafael dos Anjos.
There was also recent news of Rafael dos Anjos calling for this match up as well, Ariel Helwani of UFC Tonight reported that dos Anjos’ request was denied, at least for the fight to take place at UFC 200. This fight may happen in the future, but reports tell us that it won’t be at the UFC’s historic event this July.
MMAFighting.com is now reporting from multiple sources that the UFC is targeting a rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz at UFC 200. The fight is expected to once again be a welterweight non-title fight. This seems to be the biggest money fight for McGregor right now. The UFC realizes that McGregor is still a huge draw, and a rematch makes the most sense from a marketing standpoint. The Irishman’s loss deterred him from a possible title shot at the heavier weight classes, and the top contender at featherweight is Frankie Edgar. Edgar is the best fighter yet to fight McGregor at 145 lbs, but he lacks the appeal and drawing power of the tough-talking Diaz.