Conor McGregor’s Coach Hypes up Nate Diaz Trilogy Match

January 21, 2021 5:41 pm

Conor McGregor returns to face Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 257 this weekend. McGregor is back to the lightweight division for the first time since his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, back in 2018. ‘The Notorious‘ inevitably wants to avenge his loss against his Russian counterpart before it’s all said and done. But, his coach. John Kavanagh revealed a trilogy fight against Nate Diaz as his personal dream fight.

LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 20: Conor McGregor (L) hits Nate Diaz with a left during their welterweight rematch at the UFC 202 event at T-Mobile Arena on August 20, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

The head of SBG gym in Dublin, Ireland, Kavanagh sat down with Ariel Helwani in an interview. When asked about his dream fight for McGregor, Kavanagh said, “I think you said it on your interview — Nate Diaz at 155 for the belt, that’s a great story, I think. When the rematch was announced at 170, I was like, ‘you’re not doing it at 155?’”

“Of course, Conor would hear none of that because he lost at 170. It would have felt like an incomplete win if he forced Nate to drop down a weight. But to do the decider, the trilogy, and for the belt, I think that would be a great story so that would probably be the one I’d pick if you offered me a dream fight. Let’s make the trilogy and let’s make it for the belt,” he added.

Conor McGregor vs Nate Diaz- The score is set at 1-1

Nate Diaz shocked the world at UFC 196 when he choked out McGregor to hand the then featherweight champion his first loss in the UFC, albeit at welterweight. McGregor avenged his defeat at UFC 202, earning a decision win after a five-round war.

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)

But, Diaz is set for a return to lightweight and Kavanagh wants the trilogy to happen at this weight class. A lightweight title fight between McGregor and Diaz has the potential to surpass all the previous UFC records.

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Apratim Banerjee

Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports, currently living in Kolkata. His favorite fighters are Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, Stipe Miocic, Tyson Fury, and Anthony Joshua. Apratim has pursued a B.E. degree from Jadavpur University.

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