Nate Diaz: I beat Conor McGregor twice, ‘it’s 2-0 as far as I’m concerned’
Nate Diaz isn’t sweating a third fight with Conor McGregor right away because in his mind, he’s beaten the Irishman twice already.
While the judges scored the rematch between the two rivals in favor of McGregor by majority decision at UFC 202, Diaz vehemently disagrees.
In the immediate aftermath following the fight, Diaz says he was rather upset about the decision going McGregor’s way and he was waiting on the UFC to come knocking at his front door to ask about his obsession with a rematch.
Unfortunately no one came calling and Diaz eventually came to terms with his own reality that he beat McGregor no matter what the scorecards read at the end of the night.
“I don’t know. Remember the last time they rushed to his house the next morning and said he was all obsessed or whatever. I was pretty crazy about it for a couple of days. It’s whatever to me,” Diaz told Chael Sonnen on his podcast this week.
I won the fight. I’m not jumping for joy for round three. I think I beat him twice and it’s 2-0 as far as I’m concerned. If they want to do it down the road, I don’t know but I’m not in a hurry, it’s all good.
— Nate Diaz
As soon as the rematch ended, McGregor said that if he fought Diaz for a third time it would have to be on his terms with the bout taking place at 155 pounds.
Diaz doesn’t think McGregor is all that interested in a trilogy anyways and that’s why there has been so much buzz about other potential fights like the rumored matchup with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
“Him and his coach know what happened in the fight. They’re not stupid,” Diaz said. “They’re going to another division and get onto a new page.”
As far as what comes next for Diaz, he’s said after the fight with McGregor was over that he wasn’t going to take another matchup until he got a third crack at the current UFC featherweight champion.
It doesn’t sound like Diaz is that steadfast in his request with a little bit of time passed since losing the fight to McGregor, but he’s also not rushing back to face someone else either.
Of course, Diaz might change his tune if his brother Nick decides to pick a new fight for him because he says he’ll follow his sibling’s lead when it comes to his career.
“Nick is my fearless leader so I do whatever Nick tells me to do. But yeah, I don’t know what they’re doing with him right now, I don’t know what they’re doing with Nick right now. I’m just over here enjoying the rest of this summer,” Diaz said.
“Nick’s the leader. If Nick tells me to go fight Joe Blow, I’ll fight Joe Blow. I’m a soldier, man, and that’s the general.”