Conor McGregor has plenty of options following his landmark victory at UFC 205, including Khabib Nurmagomedov and JosĂ© Aldo, however, former foe Nate Diaz insistsÂ he wants aÂ trilogy fight with 'Notorious' and won't return to the Octagon until the fight is on the table.
Nate joinedÂ older brother Nick in New York forÂ UFC 205 fight week, yet the pairÂ kept a relatively low profile. Now that the dust has settled on the UFCâs debut event in Madison Square Garden, Diaz spoke to ESPN and gave his thoughts McGregorâs dominant performance over Eddie Alvarez.
âI thought the fight would go exactly as it went,â Diaz said. âAs soon as the fightâs over, I see like a 100Â people just turn around and stare at me. Iâm like, âYo, what do you want me to do?â The UFC, they didnât even want to give me tickets to this fight.
"I think they just wanted to put out this picture of him with the belts and be the greatest thing that ever happened â and then wanted to kind of like keep me out of the mix and hide me out from the whole thing.â
Diaz feels there may have even been a conspiracy to keep him out of the building, but regardless of what happened in NYC, as far as he is concerned the only fight that will bring him back is the trilogy bout with McGregor.
âIt mightâve been in his contract, âDonât let Nate Diaz in hereâ,â Diaz stated. âIf I want to do anything, thatâs what I want â a third fight. The UFC knows thatâs a bad idea for him too. Congratulations to Conor. He did a great job, got the two belts.â
With McGregor claiming the UFC lightweight championship, adding that to his existing featherweight strap, many believe he should be labeled the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Some have even gone as far as to even claim the brash Irishman as the greatest of all time. Naturally, Diaz disagrees.
âMe and him, we know what happened in the last two fights,â addsÂ Diaz. âThat âgreatest of all-timeâ stuff, though, needs to come to an end because I donât remember him being the greatest of all-time while getting worked in (our) last two fights.â