Nate Diaz’s successful return to the Octagon last Saturday certainly turned some heads, including that of one very notorious former foe.
Returning from a self-imposed three-year hiatus to take on former lightweight champ Anthony Pettis, Diaz performed beyond the expectations of most observers. While he started slow in the opening minutes, Diaz’s confidence quickly grew as he found his rhythm, kept the pressure on Pettis and outperformed him on the feet as well as on the ground to win via unanimous decision.
In his post-fight interview, Diaz called out fellow welterweight contender Jorge Masvidal who is fresh off his record breaking stoppage of Ben Askren last month and “Gamebred” -- who was present -- nodded, to the delight of the crowd.
While Diaz’s next fight inside the Octagon is strongly rumored to be against Masvidal in California, another former champion in McGregor hinted at a trilogy fight with Diaz down the track when the Irishman took to his Facebook page to commend Diaz on his triumphant return.
“3 years to the day myself and this Mexican animal went to war. Congrats on the win this weekend Nate, it was motivating to see it for my own comeback. I don’t blame you not mentioning me for the trilogy bout post fight, you know what I’m like when I get going. Vicious. I loved the round 3 style from round 1 that you implemented. It’s what I was hoping you would implement for this bout and was glad to see you do it. I’ll be prepared for it when we go again. If we go again. If not, respect always. A war for the ages. No b*tch talk. Just real sh*t.”
Diaz and McGregor first met back at UFC 196 in March of 2016 when Diaz dropped McGregor in the second round and sunk in a rear-naked choke. The rematch occurred just five months later in August, where McGregor edged out a razor close majority decision.