2016 was a big year for UFC superstar Conor McGregor. McGregor entered the year fresh off a win over Jose Aldo at UFC 194 to claim the UFC featherweight championship. To kick off 2016, McGregor was slated to move up in weight at UFC 196 to take on Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight title. Unfortunately, dos Anjos pulled out of the fight just two weeks before. Ultimately, the UFC selected Nate Diaz as a late fill-in opponent for McGregor. Come March 5th, Diaz shocked the world as he rocked and then submitted the Irish superstar in just the second round.
After a debate over media obligations saw McGregor pulled from the UFC 200 card in July, McGregor once again met Diaz in the Octagon at UFC 202 in August. McGregor avenged his March loss as he picked up a majority decision win over Diaz. Following that fight, McGregor returned to the Octagon to headline UFC 205 in November, the UFC’s inaugural event at the Madison Square Garden.
Come fight night, McGregor stepped into the Octagon and made UFC history as he captured the UFC lightweight championship, becoming the first ever simultaneous two-division UFC champion as he TKOd Eddie Alvarez in the second round of their main event fight.
Since McGregor’s win there has been much speculation as to when the champ will return to the Octagon given the fact that he is on a brief hiatus leading up to the birth of his firstborn child. When he returns to the Octagon, there are many potential opponents waiting to welcome him back, one of which was expected to be Nick Diaz. With that being said, the eldest Diaz brother has reportedly turned down a fight with McGregor because he believes that fight belongs to his brother, Nate.
Joe Rogan spoke about the potential scrap, saying:
“I think they missed the boat if they wanted to make the fu*king big money,” Rogan said on the Joe Rogan Experience earlier this week. “It’s Nick Diaz vs. Conor McGregor.”
“I think Nick is like, ‘Look, I want a big, big name, or a title fight,’”