UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz fought two times in 2016. Diaz won the first tilt by second-round submission at UFC 196 in March to hand McGregor his first loss. They rematched at UFC 202 in August with the 155-pound titleholder walking out of Las Vegas the winner by unanimous decision.
Both Diaz and McGregor agree a trilogy bout will happen and is just a matter of when. Many feel it would break the records from the rematch which set the new UFC pay-per-view record of 1.5 million buys.
During a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, the UFC analyst gives his thoughts on how the showdown would do compared to a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.
“I think that those numbers though (Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2015) and here’s the deal, McGregor can do those numbers over the course of three fights, Rogan said. “Now, McGregor has done 1.5 million (PPV buys) for the Nate Diaz rematch (UFC 202) and 1.3 million for the Eddie Alvarez, somewhere around that range (UFC 205).”
Rogan feels out of all the fights McGregor can have in the UFC that a trilogy fight against Diaz is the biggest fish out there.
“Diaz (trilogy fight) is the big one. So that one I think brings in close to two million pay-per-view buys. I really do.”
The number would be the biggest in UFC history. With the way Diaz and McGregor sell fights and the disdain they have each other, the number is within reach.
Is Rogan accurate in his assessment or is he is being overly optimistic?