Dana White says he’d be “shocked” if Conor McGregorand Nate Diaz didn’t fight for the third time … despite the fact the UFC superstar from Stockton recently told us he plans to fight Dustin Poirierand then retire from MMA.
“We’re still working on [the Diaz-Poirier] fight. That fight’s not done yet. I wouldn’t count out a Conor-Nate 3,” White told Babcock on the TMZ Sports TV show (airs weekdays on FS1).
Dana added … “Listen, I’d be shocked if that fight didn’t happen again.”
As you know, McGregor vs. Diaz I and II were INSANE … from the trash talk leading up to the events to the knock-down-drag-out fights the men put on.
Nate was an underdog heading into the first fight in March 2016 … but forced Conor to tap, submitting him with a rear-naked choke.
White set up an immediate rematch later that year … and in August, the two UFC superstars faced off again. This time, McGregor beat Diaz via majority decision (two judges scored Conor the winner, the third scored the fight a draw).
It’s been 5.5 years since the last fight, but almost everyone involved agreed it was just a matter of time before the trilogy fight went down.
That was until 36-year-old Diaz recently told us he has just one fight left on his UFC deal … and he planned to fight Poirier.
Of course, McGregor is still out with the broken leg he sustained against Dustin, and likely won’t fight until later this year.