Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor faced off at UFC 202 after the American earned a submission victory in his first meeting with the Irishman at UFC 196 earlier in 2016.
Nate Diaz hit out at Logan and Jake Paul as he marked the five-year anniversary of his historic rematch with Conor McGregor.
Diaz and McGregor faced off at UFC 202 after the American earned a submission victory in his first meeting with the Irishman at UFC 196 earlier in 2016.
The event broke the record for most pay-per-view buys in UFC history, with over 1.6million households tuning in to see McGregor earn revenge via majority decision.
Diaz took to social media on the anniversary of his second bout with McGregor to claim he started a “super fight era” for which the Pauls, Floyd Mayweather and many others should be grateful.
“UFC 202 Diaz vs Mcgregor 2. The start of the super fight era,” he wrote on Instagram. “You’re welcome Floyd, the Paul sisters and youtubers around the world. it’s a new day in age I told you I was changing the game Ariel Helwani.
“I might not get the credit, but I’ll take the motherf***** credit. Don’t forget before I fought Conor I was the biggest name he ever fought too.”
McGregor faced Mayweather in a lucrative boxing match in 2017, while many YouTubers have tried their hand at the sport in recent years.
Jake and Logan Paul are the most famous examples, with the former due to take on former UFC champion Tyron Woodley later this month, two months after his brother faced Mayweather.
Diaz, meanwhile, has been tipped to face McGregor’s long-term rival Dustin Poirier in his next fight.
The 36-year-old sent another message to the ‘Notorious’ five years on from UFC 202, writing: “He got finished off with a choke. That last fight didn’t even thangs out. He’s still far behind but it’s Gucci.”
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McGregor has previously outlined his intention to take on Diaz for a third time, telling The Mac Life : “We will compete again – if that happens at lightweight, you know, for a title that would be something special also.
“So, there’s many great options that are in the works and let’s see what happens. I am ready.”
McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, is just as optimistic about a third bout between the pair, saying: “The trilogy fight is going to happen.
“Conor publicly said it has to happen and I know both fighters intend to make it happen. I think it’s just gonna happen in the near future, just not next, immediately.”
It will be some time before the former two-division champion returns to the Octagon, as he suffered a leg break in his third fight with Poirier at UFC 264 to hand him his third defeat in four fights.
UFC president Dana White anticipates McGregor will be out of action until the summer of 2022.