Nate Diaz has closed the door on a third fight against former dual-division champion Conor McGregor, claiming he has no interest at all in fighting the controversial Irish star.
Diaz and McGregor have shared the Octagon on two separate occasions with their first bout taking place at UFC 196 in March 2016 at welterweight. McGregor piled the pressure on Diaz early in the fight but became fatigued quickly, and Diaz capitalized in the second round by dropping “The Notorious” before locking in a rear-naked-choke.
The second fight, which took place five months later at UFC 202, was much closer and again McGregor dominated early but managed to weather the storm and hold on for a majority decision victory.
While another fight against McGregor would no doubt be a lucrative proposition for Diaz, the Stockton, California native shut down a potential trilogy fight in a recent appearance on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.
“I’m not interested in it at all,” Diaz said. “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--- wouldn’t happen to me.”
After the second fight between the pair, Diaz was rumored to be holding out for a much-anticipated trilogy bout but it never materialized after McGregor accepted a high-profile boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in August 2017 before his headline-grabbing fight at UFC 229 against lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Three years went by and then they start expecting me to start screaming for f---ing Conor as soon as he loses?” Diaz said. “Nah, dude, I won that last fight. I’ll fight Khabib. Then Khabib is playing like I have to win something to get to him. I’m like, ‘What are you talking about, dude? You have to win to get to me. I slapped you.’”
The 34-year-old Diaz has not competed professionally since his loss to McGregor back in August 2016 and recently announced his return to the Octagon to face former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in a welterweight matchup at UFC 241 on Aug. 17.