Dana White Denies Rumour McGregor vs. Diaz III is Happening
UFC president Dana White has already started working damage control for fans expecting to see UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor taking on his arch-rival, lightweight contender Nate Diaz, for a third time. The high-level player at the UFC was quick to dismiss the reports that McGregor would be taking on Diaz on December 30th, saying the news was “not true at all.”
Of course, diehard fans and experts alike know that White has a penchant for saying one thing and doing another, so much so that memes have been made regarding his ability, to tell the truth. McGregor is most recently coming off a loss in his professional boxing debut against Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr, who TKO’d a fatiguing McGregor along the ring fence in the tenth round of their much-anticipated bout.
A third fight between the two mixed martial artists has the potential to do massive pay-per-view numbers for the UFC. With the company’s new owners WME|IMG being particularly aggressive in their attempts to recoup some of the $4 billion that they parted ways with the acquire the company, a McGregor vs. Diaz trilogy fight would certainly go a long way toward filling their bank account once more.
McGregor and Diaz’s two previous fights are renowned for being absolute wars. McGregor came out strong in the first fight at UFC 196, attempting to put Diaz away early but instead tiring and being choked out by Diaz on the ground in the second round.
McGregor would come back in their second bout to take a decision against Diaz. From there, McGregor set his sights on then-lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who he knocked out halfway through the second round of their bout before then moving on to fight Mayweather in September of 2017.
Diaz, in stark contrast to McGregor, has been inactive since he faced McGregor at UFC 202 back in August of 2016. His coach, Richie Perez, has previously stated that the UFC would have to pay Diaz $20 million in order for him to fight McGregor again.
So, do you believe UFC president Dana White, or do you think the third McGregor vs Diaz fight could be in the works? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!