Returning UFC star, Nate Diaz, has shot down the possibilities of a trilogy fight with his old rival, Conor McGregor, even though their two previous bouts set pay-per-view records.
The former two-division champion, McGregor, has teased a rubber match with Diaz after Anderson Silva said he wants a rematch against the 35-year old Nick this May.
Shortly after Silva expressed his interest in a return bout with the older Diaz, the Irish star quickly chimed in and said he would fight Nate in a trilogy bout on the same card.
McGregor and Diaz split their previous encounters, with the 33-year old Nate winning the first one via submission before the Dubliner bounced back with a majority decision win.
Nate’s second meeting with the former two-division champion was also the last time he was seen at the Octagon.
Diaz will make a major comeback this summer, but he has made it clear that he is done fighting the former two-division champion.
Book it. I’ll fight Nate on it. https://t.co/ewh4aQ4E7A
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 10, 2019
In an interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Diaz said he has no interest for another dance with McGregor especially after the ‘special treatment’ the UFC has given to the Irishman.
“No, I’m not interested in it at all,” Diaz told Helwani (transcript from Bloody Elbow).
“I’m interested in winners. He lost his last fight, and I won my last fight.”
“You think I’m trying to fight someone who just got his ass beat all over the place? I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu, that s**t wouldn’t happen to me. Real jiu-jitsu, Gracie jiu-jitsu.”
“Conor’s ass was really disappointing to me,”
“Because what happened was, like I said, I didn’t lose that fight. And then they gave him the easy Eddie Alvarez fight, and then he won the title.”
“So I beat him after he won the 145 title and before he won the 155 title, and then he fought Floyd Mayweather.”
“And they’re just dissing me saying I’m turning down fights.”
Nate Diaz has no interests in fighting McGregor for a 3rd time pic.twitter.com/9XXotCragY
— JDF Sports (@JDFSports) June 4, 2019
Done At Lightweight
Aside from shutting down the McGregor trilogy fight, the returning Diaz also declared that his time at the lightweight division has come to an end.
“I’m just done with the 155 thing, that’s in the past now.”
“I just think it’s time to start fighting at a more comfortable weight class. there’s nothing for me there, I already did everything, beat everybody.”
“Feel like I’m the king of that division, so I’m going to leave that where it’s at. There was no love for me over there.”
“Khabib, I already slapped him in his face, I already told you guys.”
“I don’t need to fight him anyways because I already got a victory over him, so it’s like he’s just going to hide out and play champ and act like a good guy.”
“I slapped Conor and Khabib, so how does that make anyone [else] a winner?”
Diaz vs Pettis co main event August 17th at 170lbs. in Anaheim pic.twitter.com/xZlPJwjy5e
— Dana White (@danawhite) May 12, 2019
Diaz is set to return on August 17 and will fight Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of the UFC 241 pay-per-view event at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Conor McGregor and YouTube/UFC)