‘These Two Need to Fight’- Daniel Cormier Asks Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to Finish Their Trilogy

Published 09/02/2021, 1:21 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


In the world of mixed martial arts, there are hardly any fighters who can gather eyeballs quite like Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz. These two UFC veterans also have an incomplete history between them, which many fight fans believe needs to end. Both fought each other twice in 2016 and currently share a win apiece.

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Former UFC dual division champion Daniel Cormier has urged them both to finish their trilogy. The Lafayette-born expressed his opinion on his show, ‘DC &RC’. He also gave reasons this bout needs to happen.

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“These are two of the best trash talkers, these guys have the great story,” Cormier told on the show. “They have the rivalry. These two need to fight. It’s time for Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to get back into the octagon and fight for a third time.”

DC‘ has a point here. Both these fighters could be in for a trilogy if McGregor gets fit to rumble inside the octagon. The Irishman currently remains on the sidelines after snapping his leg in his trilogy against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. He won’t feature in a match prior to 2022 and after his loss to Poirier, he also lost a chance for the gold.

Meanwhile, Diaz made a return to the octagon after a 2-year hiatus to face Leon Edwards at UFC 263. Just like McGregor, he, too, is out of contention for a title fight after suffering the unanimous decision loss to ‘Rocky’.

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So, with both men out of title contention, they could certainly merge for a big-money fight next year. It will also serve either of them an opportunity to claim bragging rights.

How have Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz fared since their rematch?

McGregor (22-6) fought Diaz in a rematch at UFC 202 in August 2016. Since that fight, he has been blowing hot and cold in the promotion.

McGregor claimed dual division glory at UFC 205 when he defeated Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight gold. He then competed in a boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather, in 2017 only to come out second. Because of his inactivity, UFC stripped him off from both of his featherweight and lightweight golds.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: (L-R) Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor of Ireland embrace after finishing five rounds in their welterweight bout during the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He made his UFC return against Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, but ended up losing the fight. Since then he has won one fight (vs Cerrone) and lost twice to Poirier.

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Diaz (20-13) has spent the major portion of his time outside the octagon since his loss to McGregor. He has featured only thrice in this timeline with 1 victory (coming against Anthony Pettis at UFC 241) and two losses. First against Masvidal at UFC 244 and then against Edwards at UFC 263.

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It will be interesting to see if UFC books a trilogy between Diaz and Conor. Fight fans would surely want this epic rivalry to have a definite ending.

Can McGregor and Diaz meet for the third time? Who will end up claiming the bragging rights? Let us know in the comments.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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