Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz gave MMA fans one of the greatest fights of the year at UFC 202 this past August, where once again they put on one hell of a show, this time in a five-round epic.
Following the bout, which set their record at 1-1, both appeared to be eager to go again, with McGregor stipulating that the next time they clashed, it would be at 155lb. Having stepped up to welterweight for their first two clashes, the featherweight champion’s insistence on a lightweight fight seemed justified.
When the dust finally settled on UFC 202, all eyes turned in anticipation to the year’s biggest event in November, when the UFC returns to New York for UFC 205. With a star-studded fight card to fill for the event, UFC president had his say on a potential third installment and effectively killed off any such possibility.
With McGregor now set to face Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title at UFC 205, a rematch with Diaz seems a long way off. However, with both fighters still seemingly keen and with record box office receipts all but guaranteed, it could well be a case of ‘never say never’.
Now, hosts of FS1’s “Undisputed”, Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe, have discussed the possibility of McGregor v Diaz 3, where they came to a startling conclusion.
As reported by BJPenn.com, Bayless emphatically stated:
“I would love to see it but I’m going to say no because I believe a third fight would either end or dramatically shorten the career of one or both of these fighters.
“Remember, it’s as close to bare knuckle fighting as you can get. They were wailing on each other. They were exchanging punch after punch, shot after shot, knee after knee. But, it was mostly fist on bone, fist on cheek, fist against nose, fist on forehead, fist against lips and to me, I agree, it looked like it changed the facial structure of Nate Diaz’s face.
“He took an unholy beating and Conor McGregor did have to leave on crutches.
“So, they pushed each other to the brink, twice. Especially in the second fight. I don’t think they could take a third fight. Somebody’s career would be shortened and I don’t want to see that happen.”
Watch Bayless’ full response here.
— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) October 18, 2016
Despite this assertion, one might well assume that neither McGregor or Diaz will give Bayless’ opinion a second thought. If there is a fight to be made, both will be there, ready to go.
What do you think? Should there be a McGregor vs Diaz 3?
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena