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Dana White Casts Doubt Over Diaz Rematch: “We’re Looking At Another Fight For Conor McGregor”

Nate Diaz punches Conor McGregor durin

The UFC president did the rounds on SportsCenter and FOX’s ‘The Herd’ today regarding the status of Conor McGregor’s next fight.

With the UFC featherweight champion’s rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 being cancelled, it was widely accepted that the bout would instead take place at UFC 202 in August. At least, it was far more widely accepted than the Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather rumours.

According to Dana White though, it’s doubtful now if the bout will ever occur.

“I don’t know if it will ever happen, but I’m trying”, White revealed to SportsCenter host Cari Champion.

UFC 196 McGregor vs. Diaz Press Conference

Despite the startling revelation, White is still hopeful of securing the fight, with both combatants still said to be interested; particularly the ‘obsessed’ Irishman.

“Obviously the fight he would love to do is the rematch with Nate Diaz. I’m trying to get the deal done. Conor is obsessed with this rematch. I don’t know why, but he is. It’s just his type of personality. He’s obsessed with it. He’s obsessed with fighting Diaz again at welterweight.”

White went into more detail on the standoff in speaking to Colin Cowherd of ‘The Herd’, and shared his frustrations with the failing negotiations that have thrown the McGregor/Diaz renewal into jeopardy.

“You try to be as fair as you can be, and the problem is that we have a deal. It drives me crazy. We already have a deal. He [Nate] has a contract”, Dana complained.

“Nate made millions and millions for his last fight [at UFC 196]. Nate’s trying to blow up the deal, and it’s frustrating.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5: Conor McGregor (L) punches Nate Diaz during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 5: Conor McGregor (L) punches Nate Diaz during UFC 196 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

The first spanner in the works post-UFC 200 dispute came at a meeting with Nate Diaz in California last month, where White was reported to have stormed out of proceedings. The UFC boss confirmed the report, and cited money as the sticking point for negotiations.

Nate outlined his own stance on the MMA Hour last week, but may have played himself into a corner judging by White’s comments, as the clock is running out for the slated rematch. Via Shaheen Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting:

With fans growing increasingly frustrated at Conor McGregor’s lack of an announced opponent (in particular a lack of a featherweight title defense), one gets the impression that if the Diaz agreement isn’t settled soon, the Stockton hero may have to wait far longer for another ‘red-panty night’, with the lucrative ‘Notorious’ train set to roll on regardless.

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