With all of the excitement surrounding Conor McGregor’s potential super fight with Floyd Mayweather, it’s often easy to overlook some of the other brilliant fighters on the UFC roster and what their future plans could hold.
It was quietly revealed that McGregor’s latest victim, Eddie Alvarez, will return to the Octagon at UFC 211 when he battles Dustin Poirier, but there are still two other fighters fans are desperate to see as soon as possible.
The Diaz brothers.
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Nick and Nate are two of the most entertaining and marketable fighters the UFC has, yet we haven’t seen Nate inside of the Octagon since his loss to the Notorious while Nick has returned from suspension and is yet to make an official comeback.
You’d assume with McGregor on a hiatus, the organisation would do what they can to book them both into lucrative fights as they are big pay-per-view draws, and although it seems like they haven’t been trying, UFC president Dana White told TMZ that the duo continue to turn down big fight offers.
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He said: “We keep offering Nate fights and he keeps turning them down. Nick too.”
When asked why he thinks the brothers are doing that, he said: “I have no idea.”
It was quickly suggested that Nate will only return if the UFC offers him a trilogy fight with McGregor, which makes sense as it’s currently one a piece and the organisation can make plenty of money from it, but White didn’t seem too interested in making it happen.
He added: “Maybe. Maybe he is… But Conor has endless possibilities for fights.”
He isn’t wrong, as the likes of Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov are both trying to get the Notorious inside of the Octagon, while his own focus is the super fight with Mayweather.
It was revealed a few months ago that the big fight Nate turned down was Alvarez, but most recently it’s El Cucuy who has called him out as he claimed he hasn’t had a knockout in a while.
Maybe if he fought Ferguson – and beat him – he could be back in the mix to fight McGregor.
Nick, on the other hand, hasn’t fought since his no contest clash with Anderson Silva in January 2015, and it was rumoured that bouts against Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley had been turned down.
However, nobody really knows why Nick is turning down fights, or who he’d ideally like to face inside of the Octagon.
Until then, it looks as if the brothers will remain on the UFC’s books but won’t be fighting anytime soon.
Who would you like to see Nick and Nate fight next? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.
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