Conor McGregor is less than a week removed from losing his professional boxing debut to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas and receiving the enormous payday that came along with it, but he is already focused on potential upcoming challenges when it comes to the UFC. He remains the UFC lightweight champion, which is exactly where he says Nate Diaz will have to come if he wants a shot at a third and final encounter.
“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him. Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down,” McGregor told the media after the fight (h/t MMA Fighting). “That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.”
The first time the two men met at UFC 196 in March 2016, McGregor was making his welterweight debut. He lost that fight by submission, the first professional fight he had lost that wasn’t held in Ireland. The two men wouldn’t wait long for a rematch, settling on UFC 202 in August of that year as their next date. McGregor would avenge his loss, winning by majority decision.
McGregor has spent most of his career at 145 and 155 pounds, while Diaz is most known for his time at 155.
McGregor went on to defeat Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight championship at UFC 205 in November. Diaz has not fought since.