Conor McGregor is set for his next fight which is a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July, but as early as now other fighters would want to take a crack at him and it includes Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar.
Losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 humbled down the feisty Irishman and now he wants to get another chance to prove he can beat the American jiu-jitsu fighter. However, Diaz has already started his mind games with McGregor as he stated that the latter should not feel bad if he loses again, stressing that McGregor will be in for another surprise after losing in the second round of their first meeting with a rare naked choke.
Diaz tells Fox Sports that McGregor will be alright when he loses the second time around since he is tired of hearing McGregor getting the special treatment around the UFC as well.
“I’m sure he’ll be all right when I beat him I’m top of the food chain. I’ve been fighting top 10 competitions for eight years. Losing to me is not so bad. You can lose to some lame ass or you can lose to a real (expletive) G fighter. I don’t think it will hurt him too much. He’ll be all right. Whoever has lost a fight in the UFC and hasn’t wanted to fight that guy the next day shouldn’t be in the sport. All of a sudden he’s getting praised for losing and wanting a rematch? Get the (expletive) out of here, I’m sick of hearing it,” Diaz said.
Most observers also think that McGregor is getting his way with Dana White and the rest of the UFC, since other fighters would get years to book themselves of a rematch with their previous opponents, but since it is now the case of McGregor, other fighters would want a shot of him after Diaz and the list includes Urijah Faber and Frankie Edgar.
McGregor gets a rematch vs Diaz…at 170…after being submitted in round 2 in 1st fight. Holm gets no rematch vs. Tate.
UFC 200, everyone!
— Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) April 7, 2016
Both fighters have placed McGregor on their wish list and hope that White would grant their requests and Diaz is also with these fighters. He adds that equal opportunities should be given to all the fighters in the UFC not just for the “cry baby” who first lost and then was granted a rematch.
Diaz-McGregor II and Aldo-Edgar II are both fine fights. But an interim title when there's a healthy champ? Bogus. https://t.co/dpPITH6r4k
— Jeff Wagenheim (@jeffwagenheim) March 30, 2016
Edgar wants White to book him against McGregor for the UFC debut in New York City and he hopes that it will be for the featherweight title. Edgar will also face Jose Aldos in a rematch at UFC 200 and if he wins, he hopes that his dream match with McGregor pushes through.
“I’d love to get a win here in July and then fight McGregor for that real title in the Garden in November. If not McGregor, then I’ll be defending my title in the Garden. And also, the interim’s going to guarantee me a shot at the title. If I hold the interim, there’s no ifs, and’s or buts about it. I have to be fighting that guy for the title, or my title becomes the title if [McGregor] doesn’t come down,” Edgar added.
On the other hand, Urijah Faber will be pitted against Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 and stated that when he wins, he wants to get his hands on McGregor and fight him at the 145 division. Faber admitted that he wanted to fight McGregor ever since they coach opposite side in season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter.
“I actually like Conor. We got into it on the show about he wanted to fight me and I wanted to fight him in Ireland and then Dana said ‘you guys will never fight’. Then Dana calls me and says ‘you know what, I told you you’d never fight, this is your opportunity and we want to give it to you blah, blah, blah’. And I said ‘let’s do it’ and then I got a call back from Dana saying that Conor wanted to fight Nate. So that’s what happened,” Faber explained.
McGregor is a moving target for all at the UFC, as fighters would want to get a fight with him inside the Octagon and White’s office will surely be busy once the Irishman finishes his business with Diaz in July.
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