Anyone who saw the war that took place between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz in their rematch at UFC 202 knows that they need to have a rubber match. They’ve each won a fight now and the fight at UFC 202 was one for the ages.
Dana White, however, is not one of those people looking to see them settle things with a third fight.
Speaking to TMZ, White said, “The war was fun and super successful but I’m movin’ on.”
Well, that’s not what we wanted to hear, Dana.
And it’s DEFINITELY not what Nate Diaz wants to hear, because he says that he “isn’t doing shit” until he fights McGregor for a third time.
“I’m not doing s**t until we go for round three. You won’t be seeing me until then,” Nate told reporters following the match on Saturday night. “If they want to set it up as soon as possible, let’s do it. But I don’t think it’s a very good business move for him to be taking any other fights, and he’s a businessman, so we’ll see what happens.”
“Nothing else interests me. Unless it costs a lot of money,” Nate clarified. “We’re gonna fight for a big payday, for a big situation. And no one out here is making a big enough of a big enough deal to fight. So when Conor’s ready to do his thing again, no rush, take your time. Go on vacation, we can do it as soon as he wants to set it up.”
Dana White did elaborate a little more on why he doesn’t want to see a third fight when discussing it with UFC reporter Megan Olivi (via Bloody Elbow)…
Olivi: Before we get into the other fights, Conor said “hey – let’s make it three, but this time let’s do it at 155”. I know you had some, you know, words for him, that he would go defend his title at 145 after this, so where do you stand?
White: Yeah, um… We’re definitely not doing this a third time right now. Um, I mean, I don’t think there’s anybody that doesn’t want to see this fight again, but um, Conor’s either gonna go defend his title or give his title up. Then we’ll figure out where we go from there.
Olivi: Alright, so what about Nate? If he goes back to 155, do you see him getting close to that title?
White: I have no idea. I have no idea what’s next for Nate. Um, I dunno. We’ll see what happens.
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Make it happen, Dana. It’s the fight fans (and Nate Diaz) want to see.