Conor McGregor says Nate Diaz trilogy fight will happen
If Conor McGregor has an amazing talent beyond his ability to fight in the octagon, it's setting up those fights in the first place. Not only does he throw himself fully into the trash talk in the lead-up to a UFC fight, but he is often teasing rematches or feuds to be settled far down the line, ensuring that his place on the UFC hall of fame is cemented for at least a few more years.
One of the most iconic running stories within the Irish MMA fighter's career has been his fights against Nate Diaz. The pair first fought at UFC 196 in March 2016, where McGregor submitted after being choked out.
Then, in August 2016, Diaz agreed to a rematch. They faced off at UFC 202, where this time it was McGregor who took the victory, in a five-round major decision.
Now, it looks like a rematch is on the table - as long as Diaz is interested in returning to the octagon with McGregor to settle the trilogy of fights.
Speaking to a group of fans at Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago, McGregor explained how their next match needs to happen to sort out the rivalry for good. TMZ caught part of his speech to fans in which he declared that "the trilogy will happen".
"He fought me, he beat me. He gave me a rematch at the exact same weight, there was no hesitation, that's a true fighter right there," McGregor said. "I have nothing but respect ... I owe him the trilogy now and the trilogy will happen."
There's been talk of a conclusion to the trilogy of fights for years, but McGregor's attentions have been elsewhere. In 2017, he switched up sports to take on Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the boxing ring, and following that huge pay day, there's been talk of a rematch between them, with Mayweather flirting with the idea of stepping into McGregor's native sport.
Beyond this, there's still been talk of a rematch between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, to whom the Irishman lost at UFC 229. In fact, that match had some serious consequences for them both beyond the stats at the end of their battle.
After the fight ended, chaos broke out as three of Khabib's team entered the octagon to attack McGregor, while his Russian opponent leapt into the crowd - supposedly in response to some trash talk that had gone too far.
Since then, both Khabib and McGregor have received temporary bans from the sport. They both accepted the six month suspensions, though it didn't take long before McGregor was back to talking about what happened that night, and praised his own technique when he was attacked.
If Diaz is looking to complete the trilogy, this is very likely to happen - after all, the UFC will be more than happy to host such a lucrative fight. Their first fight is the 3rd most-viewed pay-per-view fight in the organisation's history, and the second came in at number two.