Not content with being a mere extra in the latest episode of the Conor McGregor – Floyd Mayweather Jr. show, Nate Diaz dived right into the middle of a social media skirmish between the Pay-per-view peddling pair on Sunday night and reminded the world of his famous win over McGregor at UFC 196 in March of 2016.
A few hours previous, Mayweather had posted a photoshopped image of him landing an imaginary elbow on a bloodied McGregor inside the octagon. The snap of ‘The Notorious’ one that was used in the doctored picture was actually taken during those moments just before Diaz finished him at UFC 196.
Mayweather, who has been teasing a highly unlikely leap to MMA as of late, captioned the pic, “Certified Killa vs Certified Bitch.”
Certified Killa vs Certified Bitch pic.twitter.com/N0GcWrycEL
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) February 11, 2018
In response, McGregor posted an actual image from his rematch with Diaz at UFC 202 in August of 2016. In this shot, the Irishman can be seen landing a solid elbow-strike to the jaw of his two-time foe.
“A real elbow in a real fight,” wrote McGregor, who settled his score with Diaz in their sequel, alongside the photo.
A real elbow in a real fight. pic.twitter.com/9kZ7Opw8Zl
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 11, 2018
These posts must have inspired or irked, or inspired and irked Diaz in equal measure, as the Stockton savage subsequently took to Instagram with his own contribution to this series.
“Real kill in real war,” wrote Diaz alongside a picture of him pounding McGregor from the mount just before he applied the conclusive rear-naked choke to the SBG Ireland fighter’s neck at the aforementioned UFC 196.
Diaz, who hasn’t fought since dropping a majority decision to McGregor at UFC 202 more than 18 months ago, recently declared his intention to return to the octagon in May or June. In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto, the 32-year-old veteran said that he was eyeing a bout with UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. A lucrative trilogy-decider with McGregor, however, seems inevitable at some point.