Nate Diaz shocked the world on March 5th where he took everything that Conor McGregor threw at him and eventually submitting the Dublin based fighter in the second round.
Following the loss, McGregor was expected to return to featherweight, to defend his title against either Jose Aldo, in a rematch of their 194 encounter, or most fans choice — Frankie Edgar.
McGregor has other ideas and a rematch against Nate Diaz at 170lbs at UFC 200 is his preferred course of action.
“Make no mistake about it, the reason why this is happening at 170lbs is because, to be frank, Conor McGregor is a bit of a wildman,” said Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour. “He is obsessed with the idea that he lost to Nate Diaz at 170lbs, he feels like he should have won and he wants the same circumstances, the same rules, the same stipulations. He wants to do it again and prove that he is the better man.”
What does Nate Diaz think of the potential rematch? Well, it looks like he finds it hilarious that McGregor is close to getting the rematch with him at UFC 200.
“I lost plenty of decisions and I’ve never got a rematch, to this day,” he told Rolling Stone. “So, that’s crazy. Conor got worked over and now they’re saying, ‘rematch,’ which makes sense. I understand that. I just think it’s funny because, it’s like, Jose Aldo didn’t get a rematch.”
Diaz said that if he hadn’t choked out McGregor that a knockout blow was not far away.
“[The fight with] Conor — that was on the way to being a knockout,” he claimed. “He was getting handed some solid s**t. He got on me for the takedown because he was done.”