UFC president Dana White may have seen enough of Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz after the match at UFC 202 as he seriously tells McGregor to defend his 145-lbs. division crown or face the consequence of getting stripped off the title.
White was reacting to the talk both fighters had after their match that saw McGregor walking away with a majority decision. The UFC honcho tells McGregor to come back to the featherweight division and fight interim champion Jose Aldo. However, the feisty Irishman thinks there is no need to fight Aldo since he knocked him out in their previous meeting.
Aldo has called out McGregor for a unification bout at UFC 205 which takes place in New York City. But for McGregor, he does not see Aldo as a serious challenge. He even taunts that Aldo is just after the money he would get if he agrees to the fight. White is serious about McGregor fighting Aldo before the year ends and tells Fox Sports that the Irishman should consider the offer.
“We’re not doing this a third time right now. Conor’s either going to defend his title or give up his title,” White said.
It would be remembered that McGregor’s career had its highlight when he knocked Aldo out cold during their meeting last year at UFC 194 before going up to the welterweight division. After McGregor exacting his revenge on Diaz, he is clinging to the thought of doing a trilogy to determine who is the best fighter between him and Diaz.
His thoughts were well received by Diaz, who said that he is down for a third fight and agrees to meet up at a 155 weight catch. Diaz explained to ESPN that he has no reason to excuse himself from the fight and vows to make the third bout an exciting one.
“I came to this fight worse off than last time. I’m not making excuses, but you should have finished me off,” Diaz said, directing his remarks at McGregor. “I’m ready for [No. 3]. I gave you [No. 2].”
McGregor promised to win his rematch with Diaz and he did. Now, he wants a trilogy to happen to determine who is the best fighter between him and Diaz. But White is holding his ground and reminds McGregor of his obligations at the 145-pound weight class. It will be a tough decision for McGregor to make in the coming days and White is hoping he would make the right decision before making any statements.
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