Conor McGregor has nothing but respect for Nate Diaz.
The UFC lightweight champion of the world, McGregor, recently commented on an Instagram post where he gave his former opponent “The Stockton Slugger” some serious props.
“Mystic Mac” also added that he is looking forward to having a “special” trilogy bout with Nate in the not so distant future.
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“@jessecharlesrand Exactly. A truly beautiful position. The most intense position to be in under the lights of the entire world. Try and imagine what it would feel like. Amazing. Respect to Nate always and our trilogy will be special when we do it 100%. There is no rush @natediaz209 our trilogy will show true to us for what we are. Warriors. And respect always to you as a fan Jesse, and the fans all around the world who support and recognize our work for what it is. The truest form of unarmed combat on earth. This is as real as it gets. This is the @UFC.” – Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz first met inside the octagon at UFC 196 in March of 2016. That bout took place in the UFC’s welterweight division, this after Nate took the fight on short-notice following an injury to McGreogr’s original opponent Rafael dos Anjos.
McGregor, who had not suffered a loss under the UFC banner prior to his bout with Diaz, was obsessed with earning revenge against the Stockton native and thus an immediate rematch was booked by the promotion.
McGregor and Diaz would square off for a second time at UFC 202 in August of 2016. The rematch was nothing short of brilliant and after five-rounds of back and forth action “Mystic Mac” was awarded a majority decision victory by the judges in attendance.
Nate Diaz has not competed since suffering that controversial majority decision loss to McGregor in their rematch at UFC 202. With that said, the youngest Diaz brother recently stated his intentions of returning to the octagon this summer and pointed out current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley as his preferred opponent.
Meanwhile, Conor McGregor has only stepped foot inside the octagon once since defeating Diaz. The brash Irishman scored a second-round knockout victory over Eddie Alvarez in his most recent appearance at UFC 205, where he captured the promotions lightweight world title.
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