McGregor has hinted that he could fight former opponent Diaz in a trilogy bout after tweeting ‘2-1’ amidst rumours of his former foe returning to UFC action in December
Conor McGregor has hinted he could complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz upon his return from injury.
The Irishman defeated Diaz in their rematch at UFC 202 in 2016, where he was handed a decision victory having being submitted in their first meeting in the second round by the American earlier that year.
McGregor is currently recovering from a broken leg injury sustained during his UFC 264 defeat against Dustin Poirier last month.
But he has now fuelled speculation that he could also complete a trilogy with Diaz, posting on social media after the five-year anniversary of their second clash.
“Happy anniversary kid. Party tonight in Delilah.” McGregor posted on Twitter, followed by “2-1” underneath his previous comment.
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Diaz has posted a cryptic message that he could also be in action soon looking in shape in training, building on previous comments that he would like to return to the UFC in December after his defeat to British welterweight Leon Edwards last time out.
But McGregor himself could indeed make a step up to the welterweight division, as he revealed his plans to take on UFC champion Kamaru Usman for his world title belt further down the line in his career.
However, the Irish star has also been backed by UFC analyst Chael Sonnen to do battle with a long-term linked welterweight in Jorge Masvidal, who currently holds the BMF belt.
“Masvidal is the BMF Champion… that’s a real belt.” he said on the Chael Sonnen Show.
“You put the BMF strap up and Conor certainly qualifies for that. You get this Poirier talk out of your mouth, it wasn’t the world’s most fun, the first, second, or third time it happened.
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“Conor’s a master of getting us involved in something. I still think there’s legs to Conor McGregor vs. Jorge Masvidal. [It’s] the whole reason Conor McGregor ever went up to 170 pounds and he did for that night against Cowboy Cerrone.
“But the whole reason he ever went to welterweight in the first place is because Dana White made a comment that I would never put Conor in with Jorge Masvidal, “He’s too big for him,” that insulted Conor.
“Conor has gone to 170 pounds coming after Jorge in the first place. Neither of them are headed anywhere in terms of a title run. Why not get them together? Why not let us, the fans, have a little bit of fun for a change?”
“Conor has a skill of going after somebody and making something huge, if he wants to go out there and have fun and do something huge, I think he could probably throw a dart at the wall.”
McGregor has updated fans on his injury stating that his recovery is going ‘very well’ and that he plans to take it ‘day-by-day’ as he plots a revival of his career after suffering three defeats in his last four bouts.
However the UFC king has been backed not to return to the boxing ring by Jake Paul’s coach BJ Flores who has warned that McGregor’s career could come to a ‘tumbling stop’ if he chooses to face the YouTube star.