Having turned in one of the greatest fights in promotional history at UFC 202 last weekend, the question of what lies next for Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz has quickly risen to the top of the conversation in the MMA world. McGregor has called for a trilogy fight at 155 pounds (and hinted that “sh*t was about to hit the fan” between him and the UFC brass), Diaz has insisted that he “isn’t doing sh*t” until he gets the third fight, and for some reason, Dana White has sh*t on the mere idea of another immediate rematch.
It’s just sh*tty situation all around, really, which is why we brought in Brawler staffers Jason Nawara and Jared Jones in to help sort out what path the UFC should take with this rivalry next via a good old fashioned shouting contest.
Jason: We just witnessed one of the best fights of 2016. One that is going to lead to a third fight between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor sometime in the near future. But why wait? Why let the hype and buzz die down? Why? Why? Why, Jared?
Jared: Look, I’d love to live in the fantasy world where we get to watch McGregor and Diaz beat the everloving sh*t out of each other every four or so months, and after UFC 202, what self-respecting MMA fan wouldn’t? If Mystic Mac and that CBD-huffing, Stockton Heybuddy-flipping Terminator were just two guys without a title hope in mind, then there’d be no reason *not* to book them against one another in Kevin Owens-Sami Zayn-esque grudge matches for the rest of time. But as long as McGregor wants to keep brandishing that featherweight belt at every press conference and promotional event, he needs to actually defend the damn thing, don’t you think?
Jason: I guess. We know that Conor has never defended a title. He never defended his Cage Warriors lightweight title or featherweight title, and now he’s never defended his UFC featherweight title, but damn it, he’s right about one thing — there’s no one for him to fight at 145. I simply don’t care about Conor vs. Jose anymore. At least not as much as this trilogy. And what if Jose keeps getting injured? It’s not worth the effort when we have a glorious matchup with 66% of the story already written. This is gold, and a third match could lead to one of, if not the most exciting years in UFC… nay, MMA history.