UFC superstar Conor McGregor erupted at longtime rival Nate Diaz via social media on Sunday leaving many to wonder whether the retired MMA fighter might be leaning toward a comeback fight soon against the American he split fights with back in 2016.
McGregor lashed out at Diaz after the welterweight had congratulated fellow American UFC fighters Rose Namajunas and Max Holloway for their performances over the weekend at UFC 251: Usman vs. Masvidal in Abu Dhabi.
Diaz posted, “Shoutout to Rose and Max they robbed max tho but [100 points] to the real fighters out there…”
McGregor replied directly to that post, “Shut your b**ch*ss up.”
You can see the entire exchange as captured below by Heavy (though McGregor deleted his reply after about 10 minutes of it going live).
McGregor Retired Last Month
McGregor shockingly retired last month, but most pundits, and even the highest-ranking UFC official Dana White, believe he’ll be back inside the Octagon again someday soon.
But before McGregor retired, Diaz was thought to be the most logical next opponent for the former “champ champ” or at least one of the major frontrunners to land the gig against the most popular MMA fighter in the world today.
But McGregor seemed to be miffed over not getting next crack at UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov or interim belt holder Justin Gaethje after each man decided he’d rather fight the other first.
So McGregor retired for the third time in four years instead.
Regardless, White said as recently as last week that he thought McGregor still had a few more UFC fights on the horizon even if he was technically retired right now.
White said, “He gets to pick and choose what he wants to do now, and he’s at that point in his career where he’s got a few fights left.”
McGregor vs. Diaz 3 Would Be an Important Rubber Match
If what White says is true, Diaz would certainly need to fit into those plans.
After all, McGregor and Diaz are knotted at 1-1.
Diaz finished McGregor via rear-naked choke in the second round at UFC 196 back in 2016. That was McGregor’s first fight in the 170-pound welterweight division.
But Ireland’s most famous fighter got revenge against Diaz via majority decision just a few months later at UFC 202.
Fans have long believed a third fight would materialize between the two superstars, but the trilogy capper has to date remained unrealized.
Still, McGregor’s latest social media outburst will at least keep hope alive that the trilogy might still be completed.
McGregor vs. Diaz 3 would be a massive spectacle that would help decide which fighter could legitimately say he won one of the most epic UFC rivalries in history.