Conor McGregor Very Close to Closing Third Fight With Nate Diaz
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor has been having a year dedicated to the almighty dollar sign. The Irish mixed martial artist has only just finished up with his professional boxing debut against veteran boxing legend Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr, a super fight that saw both men walk away with hundreds of millions of dollars each.
It seems now that McGregor is very close to finalising a deal for another huge fight, a third bout with UFC lightweight star Nate Diaz, who McGregor has fought twice before already. The third fight in the trilogy between the two men would certainly be a big earner for the UFC, given that McGregor’s loss at UFC 194 to Diaz and then victory over Diaz at UFC 196 managed to pull in millions of pay-per-view buys worldwide.
Viewers went mad for McGregor’s persona outside of the cage, relishing the trash talk between the Irishman and his Stockton based rival. A series of public incidents including a scene where McGregor and Diaz attempted to pelt each other across a packed auditorium with bottles of water and cans of soft drink served only to whip the fans into another level of hype. Simply put, a trilogy fight would mean money, big money.
McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, said that Diaz is the next fight McGregor wants. “He wants that trilogy,” said Attar, who also noted that McGregor was keeping his options open.
“You’ve got Khabib (Nurmagomedov) calling him out, then you obviously have Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee who are fighting for the interim lightweight title. You have Max Holloway, who is the 145 champ now, who Conor beat after blowing out his ACL at the beginning of the fight. You have options, and he loved mixed martial arts.
“Everyone is like, ‘Oh, he’s going to retire- he made so much money.’ He’s ambitious. He’s super ambitious and he loved to fight.
“He loves to compete and he’s a superb professional athlete. So, there’s much more Conor McGregor that everybody will see, and we’ll see what’s next.”
Despite the fact that McGregor lost his boxing super fight with Mayweather via TKO in the tenth round, he remains one of the combat sports world’s biggest and most bankable stars. Could he bring in even more money with another bout against Nate Diaz possibly being set for December 30th? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!