When it comes to making everybody happy, UFC president Dana White has one of the hardest jobs in sports. He not only has to keep fight fans entertained and wanting more, but he also has to keep his stable of fighters happy.
Two of his top stars, Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor are into a trilogy fight. The bout is the UFC’s money fight currently, but there’s a long line of worthy contenders ahead of Nate. And as one of those top ranked guys points out . . . What happens if Nate wins?
Top ranked UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is gunning for UFC gold, but the current state of the division is still uncertain until the UFC decides who lightweight champion Conor McGregor will fight next. New interim champion Tony Ferguson seems to be a logical choice, but a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz is certainly the biggest money fight available, and that’s exactly where Khabib thinks things are headed.
“Everybody knows like biggest PPV show, biggest fight is Conor vs. Diaz and I think second place is me vs. Conor.” Khabib Nurmagomedov told Ariel Helwani. “But now maybe makes sense Tony vs. Conor, because he’s (Tony) interim champ, he’s (Conor) real champ. But biggest fight for PPV show in lightweight division everybody knows is Diaz vs. Conor.”
However, Khabib doesn’t think McGregor will be able to win a third fight with Diaz and thinks the blueprint for him to beat Conor is already in front of him.
“You know to be honest I think Diaz is gonna beat him. I think Diaz third fight, Diaz can beat him because now he understands Conor doesn’t have conditioning. You know he an push the first couple of rounds and then the end of the fight you can finish him.”
“But what happens if Diaz beats him?” Nurmagomedov continued. “Diaz becomes UFC lightweight champ? I didn’t understand this. I mean like this is a disrespect to other fighters and I’m a little bit worried about this fight because if UFC makes me versus Tony and Conor versus Diaz, I think I’m gonna beat Tony Ferguson and Diaz can beat Conor McGregor. Then the UFC can lose a big fight, me vs. Conor.”
Check out the full interview with Khabib below: