When it comes to the boxing and MMA world, sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side. There’s Conor McGregor, who just added a zero to his typical UFC paycheck off his 10th round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather. And then there’s Nate Diaz, who couldn’t even get a ticket from the UFC to watch his rival Conor McGregor fight in New York. For Mayweather vs. McGregor, Nate had full backstage access, and it seemed like he had a pretty good time.
There’s a bunch of photos of Diaz palling around with Floyd Mayweather following the fight. The two bonded over their mutual dislike of Conor McGregor in the months leading up to the fight’s announcement, and afterwards, Nate didn’t seem surprised that the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight went the way it did.
“I think it went how I thought it was going to go,” he told MMA Junkie after the main event.
Diaz was also caught on Twitter going further into his opinion on the fight with Showtime commentator Brendan Schaub, stating the only reason McGregor won the early rounds was because Mayweather wasn’t trying.
Schaub, who’s played the role of McGregor cheerleader on Showtime for weeks, disagreed and things got tense at the end with Nate telling Brendan to f**k off.
But what’s a little confrontation when everything else is coming up Diaz? Nate is currently taking time off from fighting in the UFC and waiting on an eventual third fight with Conor McGregor. The possibility of that rubber match actually came up a few times over the evening as the Irish UFC champion mulled his next move with the media.
“I’m certainly open to hearing what WME-IMG wants, and what Showtime wants,” McGregor said at the post fight press conference. “And if they want me to come over to boxing again, then we can talk. I have many contenders in the mixed martial arts game. I have a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz that’s sitting there. I have options. I’ll see what’s what.”
“I’m here to fight. I’m certainly fresh. I’m certainly fresh to fight. I was not badly damaged there. It was fatigue. So we’ll see what’s next. We’ll see what offers come on the table.”
The obvious next question we have is whether McGregor vs. Diaz 3 could take place in a boxing ring. That might not please UFC president Dana White, but as we’ve learned from this Mayweather fight, Conor McGregor tends to get what he wants. And given Nate’s current opinion of the UFC, we’re sure he’d be down as well.
(Via MMA Junkie)