PICS: Conor McGregor Ready to Fight Nate Diaz in 2019 Trilogy Fight

By Dazzler

Could We Finally Get Another Rematch Between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz? Momentum Appears to be Shifting, as the Irishman Has Told the Californian That He’ll Fight Him at Any Weight Class… 

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have gone back on forth on social media, driving up the momentum for a potential trilogy fight between the two men. The pair have one of the best rivalries in the sport. While both men have insulted each other and even thrown bottles and cans at the other, they do share intense mutual respect.

Back in 2016, Diaz shocked the world by submitting McGregor in the second round, when he defeated the Irishman on 11 days notice, after replacing the then-lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. That fight and the eventual rematch took place at welterweight, the only times to date that McGregor has fought at 170.

After their rematch, which McGregor won by tight decision, there has always been an expectation that they would make it the best of three to find the real winner. Now it looks like the momentum could be shifting towards finishing that trilogy, as the two warriors went back and forth on social media again.

Trilogy

The two men drove up interest in their potential trilogy fight with a collective of tweets on Friday night/Saturday morning. Diaz simply wrote: “185.” It didn’t take McGregor long to respond.

“You already know me mate,” he tweeted. “I don’t give a f–k about the weight.”

Then ‘The Notorious’ followed up again by typing: “265 cheques,” which is probably a reference to their potential fight purses. Watch this space.

Ready

While it’s always fun to see fighters go back and forth on social media, a more trustworthy source of information might be Richard Perez, Nate Diaz’s boxing coach. He explained to SunSport that the Stockton native is ready to come back this year. The only barrier is Dana White. He said:

“Conor wants the third one, and so does Nathan, but I don’t know what’s going on with Dana White – it’s his choice. Nathan would fight him right now, he still trains and even though he’s been off a while McGregor has only had one fight before he had the (Khabib Nurmagomedov fight) and then he got beat.

“It’s no big deal, we’ll be ready. This is nothing new, there’s been many times (the UFC) have called for a fight, and we’re always prepared. Nate’s a professional, he knows what he’s doing. We’ve talked about the trilogy, but it’s just not happened yet. He wants to return, but Dana White has the control, it’s not Nathan, he wants to fight. He’s ready, but when somebody has control over who fights then there’s nothing he can do about it.”

Box Office

Both of the McGregor v Diaz fights broke Pay-Per-View records, despite no title being in the picture. They’ve provided two of the most iconic moments in the history of the modern UFC. McGregor’s submission loss was genuinely shocking at the time, as it punctured his aura of invincibility at the time. Meanwhile, the second fight ended with the blood splattered foes embracing each other in ecstatic respect.

A trilogy fight has to happen, and with McGregor looking to bounce back from a championship loss to Khabib Nurmagamedov, the time could be right to complete his unfinished business with his most balanced rival.