Nate Diaz has given his take on the current status of his great rival Conor McGregor amid mounting speculation over his imminent return.
It seemed unlikely for some time after Conor McGregor took home his second UFC title by defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, but following reports that the Irishman will soon be stripped of his lightweight belt, speculation linking him to a rubber match with Nate Diaz has been rampant.
Khabib Nurmagomedov will attempt to wrestle away Tony Ferguson’s lightweight belt at UFC 223, and though as of right now, McGregor is still champ, all signs seem to point towards the bout being declared as a contest for the undisputed strap. For McGregor, it could well stand as the second time that the UFC has been forced to intervene due to a lack of activity – something that is completely unprecedented in this promotion.
The upside, as far as both the fans and the duo potentially involved are concerned, is that the conditions are perfect for both McGregor and his great rival Nate Diaz to engage in their trilogy fight.
Their pair of enthralling fixtures at both UFC 196 and UFC 202 will go down as two of the most electric scenes the sport of MMA has ever known and with both Nate and Conor each holding a win over each other, a third and final meeting would certainly be unmissable.
Diaz spoke to ESPN in a rare interview recently and gave his take on the former double-champ’s current standing in the sport and to be honest, he didn’t seem overly fussed about what exactly it was that he was doing at this current time.
“He’s just living his life right now and he’s got a magnifying glass on him, whatever he’s doing. I don’t give a f*** what he does.
“I’m sure he’s up and down. Do I want to be in these lights? Why am I not in these lights? I need to get in the lights. I need to get out of the lights. It’s a crazy roller coaster.”
It’s still very early in the year, of course, but with the man who shocked the world back at UFC 196 now apparently ready to make his long-awaited return, things could get very interesting as we move deeper into 2018.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena