The rivalry between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz punctuated the first eight months of 2016 and after two epic battles in the octagon, there appears to be still more left for the two to work out.
On a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, the veteran UFC commentator discussed the famous duo with former UFC heavyweight, and regular guest, Brendan Schuab, and despite the world of MMA still being hungry for a trilogy fight between McGregor and Diaz, it seems Rogan has a different opinion on who McGregor should face on his return.
According to Rogan, it is Nate’s older brother Nick that would be the ‘big money’ fight of 2017, were it to be made. In his own eloquent words, Rogan states:
“I think they missed the boat if they wanted to make the fu*king big money. It’s Nick Diaz vs. Conor McGregor.”
Having recently been cleared to fight once more following an 18-month suspension, the elder Diaz brother has been keeping vocal, calling out current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in recent weeks.
He has also been quick to throw mud in the direction of McGregor ever since the Irishman scored a redemptive victory over Nate at UFC 202 in August.
Schuab, for his part, disagrees with Rogan’s assessment of a potential McGregor v Nick Diaz clash, pointing out that Nick is too big for McGregor.
While Nate Diaz has regularly fought at lightweight in his career, Nick is an established welterweight and has even moved up to middleweight in the past.
With McGregor, the 155lb champion and the conqueror of the 145lb realm, on paper it would seem that Schuab may indeed be right.
Ultimately, for now there is nothing to be done but talk big and speculate. The Irishman is currently enjoying a well earned break from the octagon to focus on family life and impending fatherhood.
With no return date set save for the guidance from UFC president Dana White that it will likely be towards the end of the year, it looks like the Diaz brothers will likely have to look elsewhere for a big money fight in 2017.
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Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena