There is a perfected recipe for UFC success with Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz being the two main ingredients. McGregor and Diaz who headlined UFC 196 and UFC 202 have two of the highest, if not the top two highest UFC pay-per-view buys in the history of the UFC.
Diaz was able to shock the world and submit McGregor in the second round of their first meeting at UFC 196. Then McGregor came back to win the rematch at UFC 202 by majority decision and both events were a massive success.
With Nate Diaz waiting on the sidelines for his trilogy war with McGregor or a nice $20 million payday, many fans still want to see the third war go down with both competitors holding a win over another, yet UFC President Dana White has a strange reason for not wanting to see a third fight.
“The problem with the rubber match is Diaz is a 170 pounder,” White said on The Michael Kay Show on Thursday (transcribed by Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “He’s a massive guy. Conor is a very talented guy, he’s very, very good. Every time he goes out there he looks better… [But] we should have never done it in the first place. That’s what weight classes are for. They wanted to do it, we did it. They wanted to do it again, we did it again. They’re 1-1.
“There’s only so many of those wars you can be in your career. It takes a lot out of you. Some guys go into wars like that and they’re never the same after it. Look at Meldrick Taylor when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez. He was never the same after that fight. We’ve had those type of fights too. I believe that Rory MacDonald was never the same after the Robbie Lawler fight. That fight ruined him. I don’t want to do that to someone special like Conor McGregor. It’s just not right.”
We’re sure Nate Diaz has something to say about White’s comment on being a welterweight because he already made it clear leading up to UFC 202 that he is a lightweight!
What are your thoughts on what Dana White had to say? Let’s take this one to the comments.