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Explosive Fan Argument Shows Why McGregor-Diaz 3 Simply Has To Happen

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

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.

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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.

And the subsequent war of words between fans:

https://twitter.com/obltrtion7x/status/830916297064013825

https://twitter.com/jc1600sport/status/830922203659112448

https://twitter.com/PaulKecman/status/830923768977555459

https://twitter.com/jc1600sport/status/830925588374421509

https://twitter.com/curtisMACHKA/status/830933901946257411

https://twitter.com/PKMSceptile/status/830936096519356416

https://twitter.com/obltrtion7x/status/830936408432877568

https://twitter.com/PKMSceptile/status/830936914534473728

https://twitter.com/northbankn11/status/830916725168287746

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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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.