Just two weeks before Conor McGregor was scheduled to challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the UFC lightweight title at UFC 196, it was revealed that the lightweight champion was forced out of the fight with a broken foot. Ultimately, after a brief scramble which saw many fighters offer to fill-in for dos Anjos, the UFC chose Stockton California’s Nate Diaz as a replacement opponent for McGregor. On just two weeks notice, Diaz proceeded to shock the world by submitting McGregor in the second round. After the UFC attempted to schedule the rematch for UFC 200, which resulted in McGregor briefly retiring from MMA, the two met once again in the Octagon at UFC 202 in November of 2016, where McGregor avenged his loss by picking up a majority decision win over Diaz.
The Irish superstar then dropped down to lightweight and won the UFC lightweight title at UFC 205 by defeating Eddie Alvarez, cementing his place in the UFC record books as a two-division champ. Following his win over Alvarez, McGregor announced that he would be taking time off in order to prepare for the upcoming birth of his child. Despite taking time off, McGregor’s name continued to remain in headlines as negotiations for a fight between he & Floyd Mayweather picked up steam. Since UFC 202, Nate Diaz on the other hand has reportedly turned down several fights offered to him by the UFC.
While fight fans have called for a trilogy fight between McGregor & Diaz, the fight looked like less and less of a possibility given the developments in a potential McGregor-Mayweather fight.
During a recent interview on The MMA Hour, McGregor’s manager explained just how Nate Diaz can secure a trilogy fight with McGregor.
“The Nate Diaz fight interests him. If you want Conor to be excited about you, you better go in there and fight if you want to fight him in the future. If this thing happens with Floyd, you got to get Conor excited to get back in there with you. So I think from an opportunity standpoint, Nate would be foolish not to consider taking Tony on for the interim title fight.”
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This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 4/25/2017.