Each time the chatter goes to the third fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, UFC President Dana White shuts it down. He’s given us different reasons why he doesn’t think it’s a good idea but his latest one stands out.
Talking to ESPN’s “The Michael Kay Show”, White now says that Diaz is too big an opponent for McGregor:
“The problem with the rubber match is Diaz is a 170 pounder. He’s a massive guy. Conor is a very talented guy, he’s very, very good. Every time he goes out there he looks better… [But] we should have never done it in the first place. That’s what weight classes are for. They wanted to do it, we did it. They wanted to do it again, we did it again. They’re 1-1.”
Diaz submitted McGregor at UFC 196 but the Irishman got his revenge when they rematched at UFC 202. However, White thinks that going through another tough five round war like UFC 202 won’t be good for the Irishman. The UFC boss explained:
“There’s only so many of those wars you can be in in your career. It takes a lot out of you. Some guys go into wars like that and they’re never the same after it. Look at Meldrick Taylor when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez. He was never the same after that fight. We’ve had those type of fights too. I believe that RORY MACDONALD was never the same after the ROBBIE LAWLER fight. That fight ruined him. I don’t want to do that to someone special like Conor McGregor. It’s just not right.”
Boxer Meldrick Taylor was leading on two of three scorecards when the legendary Mexican fighter Julio Cesar Chavez knocked him out in the 12 round of their Light Welterweight title bout. Taylor’s boxing career went downhill from there. Former welterweight top contender Rory MacDonald suffered a deflating 5th round TKO loss to Robbie Lawler at UFC 189. He lost a one sided decision to Stephen Thompson in his next bout.
White is now saying that Conor-Nate shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Yet he booked the rematch almost immediately after McGregor demanded it. If that third fight is what McGregor wants next, White will most probably book it in a minute.
As for Nate being too big an opponent for Conor McGregor, that’s a surprise considering White himself allowed them to fight twice at the same contracted weight. Diaz looked bigger yes, but he himself isn’t a natural welterweight and fought most of his career at lightweight.
McGregor is currently taking some time off for personal reasons. The UFC says Conor will be out of action for 10 months. McGregor recently denied saying that he will be out for that long and hinted that he could be back sooner than expected. Diaz said a couple of days ago that he won’t entertain fight offers below $20M. Diaz also added that his next fight will be at lightweight.
Do you think the UFC should book a third fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz?