While the speculation concerning an unlikely boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. shows no signs of dying down, the reality is that Conor McGregor’s day job remains that of a UFC fighter.
With that in mind, the Irish star spoke to ESPN on Tuesday about the long-anticipated – and once agreed upon – rematch with Nate Diaz that so many UFC fans want to see ahead of any ‘mega-fight’ vs Mayweather.
Although McGregor admitted to a couple of mistakes he made in the run-up to his shock UFC 196 defeat, The Notorious One also doubled down on a requirement he has for any rematch against his American rival.
The Irishman’s first ever defeat in the UFC octagon came as he attempted to catapult himself up the weight categories. Already having planned to jump from his 145-pound featherweight division to face Rafael dos Anjos at 155, when the latter pulled out, McGregor ended up fighting Diaz at a heady 170-pounds.
You might think that, with three months having passed since his second round defeat, and with the prospect of back-to-back losses still looming, McGregor might have settled on rematching Diaz at a more manageable weight.