Around a month after Conor McGregor’s profitable fight against the undefeated Floyd Mayweather last August 27, 2017, you might imagine McGregor just slowing down and unwinding in a luxurious vacation on a yacht somewhere fancy.
Despite his loss against Mayweather, we all know how he still was able to rake in piles of money.
However, Conon McGregor is seemingly getting more interesting.
In fact, many people consider him as one of the most unpredictable fighters nowadays.
This solid Irish fighter seemingly doesn’t want to play to the rules, and as many hoped for, rumours about his next UFC fight is already in the works.
It's even rumoured that the relatives and acquaintances of McGregor have already set their travel plans in place.
This time, we are all going to witness the third Conor McGregor Vs Nate Diaz which will happen by the end of this year.
The sportsbooks are already predicting this to be another lucrative fight that can help many sports bettors get their bankroll rocking.
In fact, the betting odds of the Conor McGregor Vs Nate Diaz Bet365 betting odds are already set.
Before biting the bullet and placing your early bet, let us try brushing up the exciting history of these two MMA fighters.
Diaz vs. McGregor: What We Know So Far
McGregor was at the peak of his MMA career when he first fought Nate Diaz.
He was then supposed to fight Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196, but the fight was cancelled because of dos Anjos’ foot injury, leaving Diaz as the next option, and he did accept it even on short notice.
McGregor also agreed to work on his weight class to push the substituted fight through.
It was rather a miscalculation on McGregor’s team, making Diaz rake in the advantage and win their first match.
Five months after, their rematch cropped up with McGregor feeling much better during their UFC 202 fight.
It was a great fight with McGregor edging the first two rounds while Diaz came strong in the third and fourth rounds.
In the end, the winning decision was given to McGregor—that’s -130 to -150 for that rematch.
In their first match, Diaz managed to beat McGregor, but in their second game, McGregor went all-out to claim vengeance and take Diaz down.
After their matches against each other, they seemingly leave the octagon always wanting more.
Everyone agrees that the last fight between the two was spectacular. Although McGregor has many other options for his next fight, fans would definitely want the Diaz- Mcgregor fight to transpire one more time.
Throughout his MMA fighting career, McGregor had three losses from the following opponents:
- Artemji Sitenkov in their 2008 match
- Joseph Duffy in their 2010 match
- Nate Diaz in their 2016 match
Nate Diaz, however, was the first man to beat McGregor in a major league.
While McGregor has made a revolutionary leap in the boxing world, Diaz chose to remain low key and just to wait for the perfect time for this sought-after rematch with McGregor.
This is most likely the exact moment he has been waiting for since last year– though he denies that he is itching to make the trilogy come to life.
Early this year, Nate made comments about their upcoming trilogy.
According to him, he is not interested in fighting Conor McGregor the third time after he rewatched their UFC 202 rematch (August 2016).
The lightweight fighter believes that he’s still the winner of their second fight in spite of the judges sealing the majoring decision in favour of McGregor.
Since then, he has not fought any other match.
However, he insisted that his inactivity wasn't because of his anticipation for their third bout.
Nate carped about McGregor winning their second fight because the company chose him to win and not because he objectively deserves it.
He still believes that he himself is the real champ.
Dana White said Diaz is just sitting on his hands and refusing fights because of his obsession to fight Conor McGregor the third time.
But again, Diaz denies that he’s looking forward to a concluding clash and believes Mcgregor should be the one scrambling for the trilogy.
However, Conor McGregor is not obliged to fight Diaz, who is currently ranked as the sixth challenger in the whole UFC lightweight division.
And as mentioned, McGregor is never short of options should he return to MMA.
His top probable opponents include Kevin Lee, Toney Ferguson, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
When Is the McGregor Vs Diaz Fight?
The date is not final yet.
However, it’s been tentatively scheduled on December 30, 2017, in Las Vegas.
There’s no doubt this fight is going to attract a good bunch of crowd because of the big New Year’s weekend card.
UFC fans are dying to see McGregor again in UFC action after his recent boxing upshots.
His most recent boxing fights rather churned out to be more focused on the lead-up rather than the actual fight.
The last UFC fight of McGregor was November last year, knocking out the American martial artist Eddie Alvarez and raking in another lightweight belt achievement.
As for Nate and McGregor’s fight, fans are having high expectations as they all know how serious these two could get in the octagon.
Both are expected to go extreme to pick up another win.
Diaz, as you may have known, have refuted all other fights in the last 13 months.
The last time we saw him in action was during his last match with McGregor wherein he braved a humbling loss.
After over a year of not being in action, everyone is more than excited to see how this much-awaited fight is going to turn up.
Dana White Comments On The Upcoming UFC Fight
The best hints we can possibly get could come from no less than the president of the largest mixed martial arts organization in the world, Dana White.
There’s no denying that the news of the next Conor McGregor Vs Nate Diaz fight is the jackpot for the current UFC president.
Conor McGregor has been a huge magnet in the whole spot & pay-per-view history.
When he was asked about his thoughts on the upcoming fight, Dana White denied that the trilogy is set.
He claimed there’s no truth to the rumours about their third match popping up. He did shot down the rumours about the fight being booked for UFC 219 this December 30.
Well, as you may know, Dana White also denied the Mayweather vs. McGregor fight till it was announced in early June.
People then believe that this is somehow becoming his tendency, and so whatever he denounces might just end up coming true.
He did shoot down the rumoured date (December 30, 2017), but he did not clearly state that Diaz is not an option for Conor McGregor’s next MMA fight.
However, McGregor’s team, including John Kavanagh and Owen Roddy, expressed that the rubber match with Nate Diaz does make sense for the champ’s next UFC fight.
But definitely, there are more options for McGregor.
He could even push for a rematch with the undefeated boxing champion Mayweather or fight Paulie Malignaggi. If there are restrictions, it’s only those that are less profitable.
But unless McGregor wants a court fight, White remains to be his promoter.
After McGregor’s shot in the boxing arena, the UFC top executive definitely wants the champ to get back in the octagon and earn for the UFC– hopefully on Dec. 30, 2017 (UFC 219).
But on top of denying the rumoured date of the 2017 McGregor vs Diaz fight, he also nixed Nate Diaz and exclaimed that McGregor vs Ferguson should be the next fight.
As mentioned, Tony Ferguson is one of the possible contenders, and he expressed that he does not like the concept of a rubber match between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor.
In retrospect, Tony Ferguson has unceasingly pushed for a chance to fight McGregor, particularly when his interim title bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov was cancelled early this year.
If McGregor signs on for the Diaz vs McGregor fight, it might take time before the belts get unified.
Ferguson, however, understands why the fight between McGregor and Diaz is said to be planned. And he reproves that this idea would harm the credibility of the UFC.
Ferguson hopes that the promotion won’t abandon the competition-based model to give way to a merely entertainment-friendly system revolving around stars, like what seemingly happened with the “money fight” between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather.
McGregor Vs. Nate (First Two Bouts)
As for Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor’s training preparation, not much has been reported.
But let’s look into how they prepared for their previous encounters.
The McGregor team strategized for the second bout based on how McGregor suffered a humbling defeat against Diaz in the main event (UFC 196) in March 2016.
Diaz, who was then a quick replacement for Rafael dos Anjos, shocked the world when he defeated McGregor with a rear-naked choke.
One big factor in the Irishman’s very first major loss was when he blew his gas tank while trying to materialize the prediction that he’d finish Diaz right in the first round.
Diaz somehow took advantage of McGregor’s failure to efficiently manage his energy reserve, and so the American fighter managed to seize the biggest win of his UFC career.
This is the very fight that has made him receive more popularity.
With all this in mind, McGregor did make many changes to his training to prepare for their second bout. And he did claim victory via majority decision.
McGregor's coach Kavanagh said that the cardiovascular-based training “The Notorious” has gone through wasn’t a walk in the park. It’s a sickening training, which they believe will always pay off.
There’s also limited reports about Nate Diaz’ training for this year’s possible fight, but his coach Richard Perez made some comments last month and said that Diaz should get at least $20 million for the trilogy.
Conor McGregor enjoyed a big-time compensation for his boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather, and this could also mean more money for his future UFC challengers.
This is what Perez hopes for.
Perez also added that if Nate goes through training camp with zero injuries, Conor McGregor won’t stand a chance.
He also expressed how he believes in the boxing capabilities of Nate, pointing reference to how he fought Donald Cerrone and some other rivals.
He emphasized how Nate Diaz was able to rake in victory without injury whatsoever.
Where Can You Bet On The McGregor Vs Diaz Fight?
If you are interested in placing your early bet, you can do so online.
It’s always better to get ahead before the news of the fight spreads like wildfire.
Placing a bet earlier gives you an edge over other sports bettors.
The current odds for the Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz trilogy this December are:
- Conor McGregor: 1.36
- Nate Diaz: 3.00
The McGregor vs Diaz rubber match definitely has grabbed the attention of everyone.
Because of his recent match with Mayweather, McGregor easily became a betting favourite in the possible return to the UFC hopefully this year against Nate Diaz.
Since he joined the UFC in the year 2013, Conor kept a record of 9-1.
His sole major loss was only his UFC 196 fight against Nate, which he immediately covered up in their second encounter at UFC 202.
Fans and gamblers are now excited to see how this heated rubber match will surface and you can have your say with these Conor McGregor Vs Nate Diaz Bet365 betting odds.
Besides, with their score even at 1-1, there should really be a resolution.
Now with the Irishman’s losing money from his recent boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather, it does seem like the Notorious One is up and ready to add a few more millions to the pile.
And since this is a Conor McGregor fight, whether it’s UFC or boxing, we can expect nothing else but a fantastic show.