Maybe Dana White’s tired of crazy face-offs and bottle-throwing altercations, because he’s saying we won’t see McGregor/Diaz 3 for a while. This is a tough pill to swallow from a fan’s perspective. McGregor and Nate are tied 1-1 in a white-hot feud that enraptured not only the MMA world, but the sports world. McGregor, however, has potentially unfinished business as the champion of the featherweight division.
Dana told TMZ that, “the war was fun and super successful, but I’m movin’ on.” Then reiterated his feelings to Megan Olivi (h/t BloodyElbow):
“Yeah, um… We’re definitely not doing this a third time right now. Um, I mean, I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t want to see this fight again, but um, Conor’s either gonna go defend his title or give his title up. Then we’ll figure out where we go from there.
They’re both really, they’re, It’s weird, they’re both like, giddy. They’re both pumped about the fight, they said it was awesome. They had a blast, and uh, they’re sick individuals, those two.”
Conor made it pretty clear that he’s done with the featherweight division. Not only does he look like an Irish Skeletor after the weight cut, but he simply cleared the division of any interesting fights.
Jose Aldo is waiting there, but we saw Conor knock him out in 13 seconds. Frankie is always there, but maybe that fight could happen at 155, where Conor seems to be heading.
Since Conor said he wanted the trilogy fight to be at 155, Nate Diaz’s natural weight class, maybe the idea of putting Conor against lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez isn’t such a bad idea. If Conor wins, the third fight could be for the belt, and the stakes are even higher. It could top the previous two bouts as by far the biggest of all time.
So for now, it’s wait and see. But unfortunately, it looks like we aren’t going to see the Diaz/McGregor drama get its third chapter for quite some time. Enjoy your vacation, Nate.