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McGregor-Diaz rubber match is on the back burner for now

Posted by Betonline team on 8/24/2016 3:07:18 AM
McGregor-Diaz rubber match is on the back burner for now

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz both would not mind breaking the deadlock between them. The public seems interested in a third bout after McGregor avenged an earlier loss in the main event during UFC 202 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

But UFC President Dana White shot such talk down by telling TMZ.com he does not want a third fight. And what the boss wants goes. Besides, White is upset about a water bottle-throwing fight between McGregor and Diaz during a pre-fight press conference that resulted in a child in the audience being hit.

White predicted that the Nevada State Athletic Commission will fine and suspend both fighters and may require them to do community service. And he expects the child's' parents to file a lawsuit.

It is not clear why White does not want a third fight but this might have something to do with it. McGregor had to gain a lot of weight in order to fight Diaz and he is being suspended six months for an injury in the ring.

“The war was fun and super successful but I’m moving on," White told TMZ Sports.

He also said on Fox Sports, “We’re definitely not doing this a third time right now. I mean, I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t want this fight again, but Conor’s either going to defend his title or give the title up.”

White did leave an opening for a future fight.

For now, that leaves McGregor with three options. He can surrender his title or fight Jose Aldo. Or he can move down to 155 pounds and take on Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.

A fan poll on MMA Junkie agrees with White. Nearly 50 percent of voters want to see McGregor fight Aldo (45.7 percent). Alverez came in at 29.4 percent and Diaz at 21.8 percent.

McGregor might not take any of the options. He wants Diaz again but at 155 pounds. And it seems as if Diaz wants the same.

“Whenever you’re ready to rock,” Diaz said. “But I’m not doing (bleep) until we go for round three. You won’t be seeing me until then. If they want to set it up as soon as possible, let’s do it. I don’t think it’s a very good business move for him to be taking any other fights. He’s a business man so let’s see what happens.”


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