UFC president, Dana White, talked about the possibility of a McGregor-Diaz rubber match.
Many have called for the UFC to create a trilogy of the highly publicized, monetized, and contentious rivalry.
“You can’t do three,” said White during an interview with Hot 97 in New York City. “Here’s the thing, Conor McGregor is this guy where if a fight falls out, this guy will step up. He doesn’t give a (expletive). He’s legitimately that guy. I’ve been on the phone and I’ve stood in the living room many times and looked guys in the face when their opponent pulls out, nobody faces that adversity the way that Conor McGregor does. It’s awesome and it makes me respect him very much.”
White cited weight as the major factor in shying away from pitting McGregor and Nate Diaz against each other a third time.
“[Conor] ends up saying ‘let’s do this Nate Diaz thing’ and dude he’s two weight classes heavier than you and he doesn’t care. So we do the fight,” explained White. “Conor has to try to weigh 168 when they’re weighing in at 170. The night of the fight, Diaz comes in at 190. Now Conor McGregor is a 45, 55 pound guy and if you look at the wars he’s had with Diaz, you can only have so many of those wars in your career. It doesn’t make sense. That’s why we have weight classes. It ended up being an amazing fight, but you don’t want to keep doing that.”