A lot of folks have been talking about Conor McGregor – Nate Diaz III, now that the UFC’s lightweight champ has fought Floyd Mayweather, but it seems pretty clear Tony Ferguson’s not on board with the idea…
For months, there’s been speculation as to if and when McGregor and Diaz will have a rubber match. Immediately after McGregor avenged his submission loss to Diaz last August, the Irish star said he was interested in the bout, but at a later date. Prior to McGregor’s stoppage loss to Mayweather last month, there was more buzz about him fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov next, or possibly him boxing again. But, more recently, talk about a third fight with Diaz has reignited. After all, many believe a rubber match with Diaz is the biggest MMA bout McGregor could take in the short term future.
“F–k that Nate Diaz three shit. Nate don’t want to fight. He’s trying to recover from a f–king hit that he took with his management and all that other things. McGregor’s gotta defend or vacate. He’s gotta defend that belt, he needs to come back. If not, there goes his legacy, there goes the UFC s–t. I mean, really, legitimately, why do we have rankings? Why do we have a belt system? Why do we have all this other stuff? If you guys really wanna get gangster, let’s do that s–t. If you want to fucking put on money, let’s put it on paper, Nate. I will f–king Stockton slap the s–t out of you kid. You don’t f–king know me, dude. Straight up. Same thing with Conor McGregor. You guys are a bunch of b–ches and you guys are a bunch of fakes. If you wanna fight while we’re here in the UFC, why don’t you come and sign on the dotted line after you get your s–t together and defend your f–king belt, Conor.”
Even if you want to see McGregor – Diaz III, badly, you have to understand where Ferguson is coming from. The guy has won nine straight fights, and if he beats Kevin Lee on October 7th, he’ll be the interim champ. So, if that doesn’t warrant a shot at the belt, what does?
UFC 216 will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.