Conor McGregor got revenge on Nate Diaz at ‘UFC 202,’ defeating his rival after a bloody rematch. With each man holding a victory over the other, when’s the rubber match? Well, UFC president Dana White has news for fight fans.
That news isn’t good for anyone who wants to see Conor McGregor, 28, and Nate Diaz, 31, step into the octagon for a third and final match. After seeing Conor avenge his UFC 196 loss, Dana White, 47, thinks the book has been closed on this violent feud.
“The war was fun and super successful but I’m moving on,” the UFC president tells TMZ Sports. Dana thinks it’s time for Conor to take care of some unfinished business – specifically with the UFC Featherweight Championship.
Remember, Conor’s rematch with Nate was supposed to happen at UFC 200, but he decided to “retire” because he didn’t want to do press for the event. The problem with this fake retirement is that Conor was (and still is) the UFC Featherweight Champion. These shenanigans forced the MMA organization to crown a temporary champ, and Jose Aldo, 29, won the interim Featherweight title at UFC 200.
Now that Conor has settled the score with Nate, Dana tells TMZ Sports that the Irish fighter needs to pick a weight class and stick with it. Conor, who usually fights at 145 lbs., bulked up to 168 lbs. to face Nate at UFC 202. Dana says that Conor can either cut weight down to 145 and battle Aldo (or just drop the title) or get down to 155 lbs. and challenge Eddie Alvarez, 32, for the UFC Lightweight title.
Knowing how unpredictable Conor can be, he might choose a completely different option! He might decide to face Floyd Mayweather, 39, in a boxing match, as the two were rumored to putting a fight together. Or, Conor might pull a Brock Lesnar, 39, and head to the WWE. Conor has picked a fight with the company and its Superstars, even calling John Cena, 39, a “failed Mr. Olympia mother***er.” Whatever Conor chooses, it sounds like fans won’t be seeing McGregor-Diaz 3 anytime soon.
What do you think about Dana White’s decision to not have another rematch between Conor and Nate, HollywoodLifers? Do you think he’s right in moving on from this feud?