Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz faced each other for their rematch at UFC 202. A fight that broke records with PPV numbers and with the salaries both fighters were paid.
Connor McGregor was able to win this fight, beating the bigger Nate Diaz. Conor executed his game plan with perfection, staying away and not getting involved in an ‘all out brawl’ with the naturally bigger man. Conor was able to ‘hit and run’ beating Nate Diaz on points via a unanimous decision.
Following the fight, in a post fight interview, Conor McGregor stated that he would like to fight Nate for a third time, but this time at 155lbs. “I’ll fight Nate again, but this time, it’ll be on my terms, I’ll fight him at 155lbs,” said McGregor.
Many believe that a third fight makes a lot of sense, they have both now won one fight each, so a decider could be needed. Not everyone is up for this third fight, namely Dana White.
Dana said, “Well here is the thing. Everybody has to remember that that fight was put together because Conor McGregor’s opponent fell out (at UFC 196). So Nate Diaz stepped up and took it on short notice.”
“Conor stepped up and took the fight. And you know it was such an exciting fight the first one that they wanted to do it again so we did it again. But they’re not in the same weight class. The fight doesn’t make sense.”
“It’s not for any titles. It’s not for any ranking positions. It makes no sense. Conor is the 145-pound champion he needs to defend his title or give it up and decide what he wants to do next. And Nate doesn’t want to fight anybody but Conor McGregor.”
“So I don’t know. We will see what happens with Nate. If he gets tired of sitting around maybe he will want to fight.”
“The reality is this, Conor has put the 145-pound division on hold for a minute to do this fight. So it’s not fair to the rest of the division to do one of those fights right now.”
“At the end of the day, you have to look at what that fight really was. Now Conor McGregor is one of these guys who steps up. Do you know how many times I’ve been in a position where somebody gets injured in the lead-up to a big fight and the guy doesn’t want to fight on short notice?”
“The guy who is actually ready doesn’t want to fight on short notice.”
“Conor McGregor fought a guy who was 30 pounds heavier than him on short notice.”
“When you look at what a huge star and how much money that guy brings in and makes, it’s amazing this guy puts all his chips out on the table – every single time and will fight anybody, anywhere, anytime.”
“So that fight was a last minute replacement and then after it was over they wanted to do it again, so we did it. The fans wanted to see it, we did it, it’s time to move on. It’s time for him to defend his title.”
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