01 Jan Dana White shoots down Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz trilogy talk: ‘I don’t even know if Nate wants to fight’
With a lightweight title bout between undisputed king Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim titleholder Justin Gaethje likely next after “The Highlight’s” impressive victory over Tony Ferguson at UFC 249, the future of former champ Conor McGregor remains up in the air.
However, according to UFC president Dana White, a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz is unlikely to happen despite the back and forth between “The Notorious” and his longtime rival on social media.
It all started when White posted a quote from the former two-division UFC champion wishing success to McGregor’s fellow fighters at Saturday’s show in Jacksonville, Fla. Diaz took to the comment section to deliver a message to the Irishman: “Shut ur b*tchass up.”
McGregor was quick to reply, telling Diaz to “shut your eye lid and sign the contract.”
White was asked at the UFC 249 post-fight press conference, if there was something in the works for a trilogy bout between the two, but immediately White shot the suggestion down.
“No,” White said. “I mean, they don’t like each other, but, no, there’s nothing going on. I mean, Conor wants to fight, I don’t even know if Nate wants to fight. I think they are just talking s*it to each other.”
McGregor and Diaz first met in 2016, when the Californian replaced Rafael dos Anjos on short notice and tapped then-featherweight champion “The Notorious” with a rear-naked choke in a welterweight contest. They rematched five months later, with McGregor emerging victorious via majority decision after five rounds.
McGregor went on to win the undisputed 155-pound title in his next bout, knocking out Eddie Alvarez at Madison Square Garden, and then challenged legend Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring. McGregor is 1-1 since returning to MMA, losing to Nurmagomedov and finishing Donald Cerrone.
Diaz, on the other hand, took a long break from the sport after his rematch with McGregor, returning in August 2019 to win a decision against Anthony Pettis. The Stockton native last fought in November, suffering a doctor stoppage defeat to Jorge Masvidal in a bout for the “BMF” belt.