When Conor McGregor took on Nate Diaz in March of last year, many expected a routine victory for the featherweight champion against an unprepared and reportedly overweight replacement for Rafael dos Anjos.
Instead, what followed was one of the biggest and greatest rivalries the UFC has seen in many years. Two fights later, it rumbles on and fans are still as divided as ever as to just who has the upper hand.
When it comes to McGregor and Diaz, there is no room on the fence. You are either in one corner or the other. In between is a demilitarised zone where nobody can stay. It’s either McGregor or Diaz, not both.
When the Stockton slapper shocked the MMA world at UFC 196 with a second round submission of Dana White’s golden goose, the UFC was presented with the chance of staging one of the biggest ever headliners in the promotion’s history.
A rematch between the two outspoken protagonists was set for UFC 202 and it did not disappoint. A five-round epic saw McGregor emerge victorious and since then fans have been disputing, debating and arguing the result ever since.
Now, following the most benign of social media updates by the Irishman, yet another McGregor-Diaz argument has ignited and given UFC president White yet more proof that a trilogy is needed.
Here is the initial kindling from McGregor.
Fresh everything pic.twitter.com/CyP63eKWfv
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 12, 2017
And the subsequent war of words between fans:
defended the featherweight interim belt 😏
— Terry McEvilly (@TerryAvfc91) February 12, 2017
, For real??? Is this what Connor fans are going with?
— J. T. (@JT19134) February 12, 2017
, They paid the LW Champ. I would have took the $ Also
— J. T. (@JT19134) February 13, 2017
The division among fans, as shown by this simplest of updates for the lightweight champion, makes the need for a rubber match all the more obvious.
Diaz has previously indicated he is holding out for a big money fight and it seems only McGregor meets the criteria for the Californian.
As for the Dubliner, his hiatus from the octagon looks set to last until the latter half of this year and he continues to entertain notions of a boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather.
While many fans of both codes would be more than a little curious to see this fight unfold in the ring, for MMA purists and fans of both McGregor and Diaz, a trilogy fight is the massive fight they want to see next.
Over to you and your deep pockets, Mr. White.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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