Following his big win over Michael Johnson on the main card of UFC on FOX 17 Saturday night, lightweight contender Nate Diaz delivered an explitive laden rant directed at featherweight champion Conor McGregor.
Diaz made it clear that he believes he is the “money fight” for McGregor, who has been considering a move up to 155 pounds.
After the dust settled from Saturday’s event, Diaz claimed that UFC matchmaker Joe Silva informed him his proposed bout with McGregor was on. Diaz made his claim while speaking to Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com.
“He said (the McGregor fight) is on, we’re going to do this,” Diaz said. “Hell yeah, they want it. Everybody wants that fight. It’s what they want.”
“If people want to see a real fight, they know who to call,” he said. “I’ll train hard and ninja his ass up. Ninja real shit, not no funny fake ‘let’s fight, but let’s be good friends, it’s a sport’ — F*ck that, f*ck it.”
It will be interesting to see what the UFC does next with McGregor, but it is highly unlikely that the featherweight king will step into the Octagon with Diaz anytime soon.
Instead, it appears as though the current options for McGregor are to defend his featherweight title against top challenger Frankie Edgar or to move up to 155 pounds for a superfight with lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.
You can’t blame Diaz for lobbying for that fight, however, because these days everyone wants a piece of the Irish sensation.
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