UFC superstars Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor perhaps cultivated one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most highly anticipated and entertaining rivalries to date. The two mixed martial arts warriors have faced off inside the octagon twice now.
On both occasions, Diaz vs. McGregor pulled in record high pay-per-view numbers for the world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion. Diaz first shocked the world when he choked out “Notorious” at UFC 196.
McGregor would earn a close majority decision victory in their rematch at UFC 202. UFC President Dana White has since come forward with his thoughts on a trilogy rematch between the two fighters.
Speaking on The Michael Kay Show, White stated revealed that he doesn’t want Nate Diaz shortening McGregor’s career by harming him. White goes as far to say that Conor McGregor is very special, and it wouldn’t be right to make a third fight. It’s an interesting take from the UFC boss, who does not shy away from his desire to protect Conor McGregor from another Diaz beating.
“… Conor is a very talented guy, he’s very, very good. Every time he goes out there he looks better… [But] we should have never done it in the first place.
“That’s what weight classes are for. They wanted to do it, we did it. They wanted to do it again, we did it again. They’re 1-1. There’s only so many of those wars you can be in in your career.
“It takes a lot out of you. Some guys go into wars like that and they’re never the same after it. Look at Meldrick Taylor when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez.
“He was never the same after that fight. We’ve had those type of fights too. I believe that Rory MacDonald was never the same after the Robbie Lawler fight.
“That fight ruined him. I don’t want to do that to someone special like Conor McGregor. It’s just not right.”