It didn’t take a fortune teller or a “Mystic Mac” to know where Conor McGregor was most likely headed after his fight with Floyd Mayweather: Towards a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz. To be honest, McGregor could have his pick between anyone in three UFC weight classes or a return to boxing against Paul Malignaggi. However, if he keeps his promise and returns to the Octagon at the end of this year, Conor McGregor’s next fight being the younger Diaz brother is highly likely. Nate Diaz knows it too, at least it seems that way with how he’s been talking on social media.
Training partner and friend of Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis posted the latest pic of McGregor on his instagram brandishing a fresh black eye at the hands of Mayweather. It didn’t take long for Nate Diaz to log on and type a single, all-encompassing word into the comment section.
Nate Diaz could actually be talking about Danis here, or both of them. This time last year, Danis was actually calling out Diaz for an MMA fight. Most likely this was directed to Conor McGregor though. If Diaz talks himself into a title shot with McGregor at UFC 219, not only will Tony Ferguson and/or Kevin Lee be angry, it’ll be the closest Nate Diaz has been to a championship belt since his 2012 fight with then UFC lightweight champ, Benson Henderson. Jumping the line or not, everyone would watch McGregor vs Diaz III if it ends up going down.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/29/2017.