Despite UFC President Dana White’s insistence that a third bout between ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is not happening and that he has ‘moved on’, Diaz has other plans and continues to push McGregor into accepting a rubber match.
Diaz posted a photo of himself and McGregor, his face covered with a red mask of blood while patting McGregor on the back of the head in congratulations immediately after their epic clash at UFC 202 last weekend in Las Vegas.
As everyone knows by now, Diaz dropped a Majority Decision to McGregor after five gruelling rounds in what will go down as one of the most memorable battles inside the Octagon. After the fight, White told reporters that McGregor’s next bout will either be against Jose Aldo, in a defense of his featherweight belt or a title shot against UFC lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez.
Diaz on the other hand expressed no interest in accepting any other bout apart from a third showdown with McGregor to finally settle the score. The two fighters are sitting in a tie at one win apiece with Diaz winning their first bout by submission, and McGregor taking the rematch by razor-thin decision.
Diaz already took to Twitter a day ago to taunt McGregor into accepting another bout, before his most recent Instagram call out.
Hahaha u didn't even win 😎
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) August 23, 2016
“By this time last fight, I had already accepted (the) rematch,” Diaz captioned his photo in the social media site. “Rest up, I’m coming for you.”
Diaz is obviously referring to McGregor’s loss in the first bout, wherein he accepted a rematch just three days after UFC 196 last March. It appears Diaz wants McGregor to do the same and push for a third and deciding fight.
If the third bout were to be made, it would be at the lightweight limit of 155-lbs. which both fighters have verbally agreed to. Given the way the second fight went, making a third fight should be an easy sell for the UFC.
It’s clear as day however what Diaz intends to do and that’s to goad McGregor into a response by either pushing for a third fight himself or shutting Diaz down completely. Either way, Diaz won’t stop until he hears from McGregor.