UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor was asked whether the third bout between him and Nate Diaz would go down in the future. He said it will, but only on his terms.
“I’m the 155-pound champion. I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” McGregor said. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. Now if he wants that fight, he must come down – that’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair-play move on my behalf and I came in and I won.”
Diaz’s boxing coach, Richard Perez, informed Submission Radio that if Conor McGregor wants a trilogy with his fighter, then his client needs to be paid way more than the $2.6 million he was given for their first two encounters in the Octagon.
“At least $20 million, $30 million,” Perez said, according to MMAFighting.com’s Guilherme Cruz. “Come on. UFC’s making a whole lot of money, a whole lot of money, and they’re pocketing it. They’re giving more to McGregor, so it’s not fair because it takes two in that ring to draw a crowd – I mean, a good two fighters. It’s just like Mayweather when he fought (Andre) Berto. It was not even sold out at all. It was embarrassing. It’s because that guy couldn’t draw a crowd. See, that’s what I’m saying, it’s the fighters that draw the crowd, and Nathan and McGregor, the third one would be outstanding. Everyone knows that. So he needs to get paid at least $30 million easy.”
Perez wasn’t done there. He went on to say that if Nate Diaz is indeed 100% healthy at that time and has a full training camp, then McGregor will have a 0% chance against him.
“If Nathan goes through training camp with no injuries, McGregor’s not gonna have a chance,” Perez said. “I’ll tell you that right now. If you watch some of the fights, like when Nathan fought (Donald) ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and some other guys, he was in tip-top shape, he wasn’t injured or anything – he went out there and did it, he boxed them. And when he’s in tip-top shape, he can box. I mean, they think McGregor can box, Nathan can box.
“Right now in the last two fights he fought him, the first time was 11-day notice, so it wasn’t enough time but it was enough time to get a win. A second time he got injured so he had to lay back, so it put him back as far as being in shape and being accurate in timing. And people were thinking, ‘Oh, he’s gonna come back and be better’ – no, they don’t see the outcome of it, the true outcome of what happened. It’s like any fighter.”