Conor McGregor has hinted a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz could be next for him after losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. by technical knockout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Saturday.
McGregor lost on his professional boxing debut when the fight was stopped in the 10th round, but now the 29-year-old appears to be switching his focus back to the UFC and familiar foe Diaz, per MMA reporter Damon Martin:
Damon Martin @DamonMartin
Conor: "I've got a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz sitting there" . Told you that's what's next :) #MayweatherMcGregor2017-8-27 07:15:55
ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto reported how Diaz was in the building when McGregor mentioned the possibility of third fight:
Brett Okamoto @bokamotoESPN
Conor McGregor mentions the Nate Diaz trilogy possibility right away at presser. Nate was in the building tonight btw.2017-8-27 07:22:28
As if to stoke the fire of this already smouldering rivalry, Diaz was pictured celebrating with Mayweather, following the latter's victory by TKO, per MMAFighting.com:
Nate Diaz hanging out with #FloydMayweather after Mayweather's bout with #ConorMcGregor. 📸: @allelbows https://t.co/65PMA7eeQy2017-8-27 08:06:47
Diaz would have been well aware the one-year anniversary of his five-round loss to McGregor recently passed. UFC Europe relayed some highlights on Twitter of this classic scrap from UFC 202:
UFC Europe @UFCEurope
#OnThisDay last year: @TheNotoriousMMA avenged his loss to Nate Diaz in a 5 round war! On Saturday night he faces Floyd Mayweather! https://t.co/fvP7jogrE02017-8-20 09:15:02
McGregor evened the score in 2016 but only after Diaz had begun this rivalry with a stunning win by submission at UFC 196. However, Diaz actually talked up McGregor's chances of beating Mayweather, during a recent edition of the Against all Odds with Cousin Sal podcast (h/t Chisanga Malata of the Daily Star).
It made Diaz one of the few to take McGregor seriously ahead of his professional boxing debut, evidence of a healthy, if likely begrudging, respect between the two.
Both fights between McGregor and Diaz have been gruelling, dramatic and bloody, making a third meeting a probable huge draw for the UFC.