It’s been a few weeks since Conor McGregor was pulled from UFC 200, but the No.1 star in MMA won’t stop talking about a fight with Nate Diaz. McGregor is still pushing for a rematch with Diaz, who beat him at UFC 196 in March.
McGregor vs. Diaz was supposed to headline UFC 200 in Las Vegas on July 9, but the fight was taken off the card when McGregor refused to participate in the promotional tour for the event. The Irishman, however, continues to take shots at Diaz on social media.
Working the rear hand uppercut with Roddy prior to UFC 196. A shot I called pre fight. Who else can call a shot like the rear hand uppercut on a big 6 foot lurch and then go out and dig that baby repeatedly into the nose? Anyone? Didn't think so. Mark my fucking words I am going to toy with him in the rematch. Believe that.
Diaz handed McGregor his first ever loss in UFC when he forced him to submit in the second round of their welterweight fight. The featherweight champ moved up two weight classes to face Diaz, who said he didn’t want to be on the UFC 200 card if he couldn’t face McGregor.
McGregor might want another shot at Diaz, but UFC president Dana White has made it clear that the 27-year-old’s next fight will be a featherweight title defense. When White announced that Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier would be the new main event of UFC 200, he said McGregor would face either Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo sometime before UFC 205 in November. Aldo and Edgar will fight at UFC 200 for the interim featherweight title because McGregor hasn’t put his belt on the line since winning it at UFC 194 in December.
White has maintained that he harbors no ill feelings towards McGregor, but it remains to be seen what the immediate future holds for the featherweight champ in UFC. After McGregor was taken off the UFC 200 card, he announced that he was back on, even though that wasn’t the case. His “retirement” from MMA lasted less than two days when he finally explained why he didn’t want to do what UFC had asked of him in order to fight in July.
I look forward to my end of year unification bout. But like I said before.
These featherweights don't understand... https://t.co/LzHsGsQP75
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, 2016
UFC 200 is expected to be the company’s biggest show ever, but UFC could be leaving millions on the table by keeping McGregor off the PPV. McGregor is easily the biggest draw, helping UFC 196 generate 1.5 million buys. White called it the “biggest PPV we ever did,” and McGregor claims it was the best-selling UFC PPV in history, outperforming UFC 100 by 400,000 buys.