Conor McGregor is expected to make his UFC return at the end of 2017, as he takes on Nate Diaz at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. McGregor has been in the spotlight a lot recently, but not for his MMA fighting, as he had a mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. earlier this year. McGregor is expected to get back to his sport of expertise, as he goes against Diaz for the third time. Diaz was the first man to beat McGregor in the UFC, as he defeated him in March of last year but McGregor got revenge in August of last year in the rematch.
Conor McGregor -250 vs. Nate Diaz
The latest news reports have McGregor taking on Diaz at UFC 219 which will be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 30, 2017. Newspapers in Ireland reported that McGregor and Diaz were very close to signing a deal to meet for the third time. McGregor has not fought since he defeated Eddie Alvarez in November of last year. He is the current lightweight champion but he was forced to give up his featherweight title.
The first two bouts between McGregor and Diza were held at welterweight. This fight is expected to be held at 155-pounds. “I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him. Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down,” McGregor said to the BBC News. “That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.”
Diaz is 19-11 in his career, including 14-9 in the UFC, while McGregor is 21-3, including 9-1 in the UFC. If Diaz does go up against McGregor in the rematch, it would be the third straight fight for Diaz against McGregor, as Diaz has not fought since losing to McGregor last August. It is almost unheard of for a fighter to go against the same opponent in three straight fights but money talks. Diaz’s trainer Richard Perez said earlier this year to Submission Radio that he expects Diaz to get $20 or $30 million for this fight. “It’s just like Mayweather when he fought (Andre) Berto. It was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd. See, that’s what I’m saying: It’s the fighters that draw the crowd. And Nathan and McGregor – the third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million easy.”
Diaz and McGregor first met at UFC 196 in March of 2016 when Diaz replaced Rafael dos Anjos on short notice. Diaz shocked everyone and submitted McGregor in the second round. The two fought the rematch five months later and McGregor won by unanimous decision.
St-Pierre Wants McGregor
If St-Pierre wins his fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 217 in November, he wants a mega-fight against McGregor next year. St-Pierre is listed as a -145 favorite against Bisping in that main event. St-Pierre is looking to become the fifth multi-division champ in history. If a matchup of St-Pierre vs. McGregor ends up happening it would be the biggest draw in UFC history.
St-Pierre is considered one of the greatest welterweight fighters of all-time and McGregor has fought twice at 170 pounds, so a future matchup between St-Pierre and McGregor is definitely possible.
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