ByRyan Matsunaga, writer at
MMA fan, BJJ enthusiast, and Executive Publisher at Creators Media.
Ryan Matsunaga

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz just put each other through five grueling rounds of combat, but after all is said and done, the score is now even at 1-1.

After two incredible fights that left fans on the edge of their seats, a trilogy rubber match seems likely somewhere down the line. While UFC President Dana White has previously promised that McGregor will defend the featherweight belt next, Diaz himself isn't interested in any other fight but another go at "The Notorious One."

That doesn't seem to be a problem for McGregor though, just maybe not at welterweight again.

"I was thinking in my head 'Maybe this could be a mistake.' But I said f--k it. I trained hard, be smart, learn from your mistakes and go in confidant. That's what we did and I'm happy with it," McGregor said at his post-fight press conference. "If we do it again it will be at 155, maybe for the belt."

"This was a hell of an important fight for me," he added. "Everyone, from the media to the fighters wrote me off for this one. They tried to say if I lose this one I'm done. They tried to discredit the fact that I'm going up in weight."

"It was a hell of a fight. I feel I have more skills, but boy is he one tough motherf--ker ... "[Nate's] a class competitor. It's intense in the buildup and everything is real. ... Respect is in the battle, for both me and them."

As to when and where a rematch could happen, that is totally up in the air. The extent of Diaz and McGregor's post-fight trauma is not yet known (although McGregor does appear to be nursing a damaged shin).

More than likely, McGregor will defend the featherweight belt before even considering another bout with Diaz. As for Diaz, at the moment he seems entirely uninterested in facing anyone but McGregor, so his future seems even more up in the air.


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