Dana White on possible trilogy between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz
Published: 04.10.2016 • 14:49
Despite the fact that the matches between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz thrilled the fans and brought a lot of money to UFC, Dana White would not do it the third time.
“You can’t do three,” White told Hot 97 in New York recently. “Here’s the thing, Conor McGregor is this guy where if a fight falls out, this guy will step up. He doesn’t give a (expletive). He’s legitimately that guy. I’ve been on the phone and I’ve stood in the living room many times and looked guys in the face when their opponent pulls out, nobody faces that adversity the way that Conor McGregor does. It’s awesome and it makes me respect him very much.”
“(Conor) ends up saying ‘let’s do this Nate Diaz thing’ and dude he’s two weight classes heavier than you and he doesn’t care. So we do the fight,” White explained. “Conor has to try to weigh 168 when they’re weighing in at 170. The night of the fight, Diaz comes in at 190. Now Conor McGregor is a 45, 55 pound guy and if you look at the wars he’s had with Diaz, you can only have so many of those wars in your career. It doesn’t make sense.“
“That’s why we have weight classes. It ended up being an amazing fight, but you don’t want to keep doing that.”
“That’s why I give this guy way more rope than I give anybody else. Conor can say whatever the hell he wants to, the guy steps up on four days notice, he can say whatever he wants,” White said.
“We’re in the fight game, who really wants to fight? That dude wants to fight.”
“I don’t know. 1-1’s good, they shouldn’t have fought in the first place,” White said. “We’ll see what happens.”