Virtually ever since Conor McGregor's defeat to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 back at the start of the month, speculation concerning a possible rematch between the two fighters has been growing.
Things stepped up last week when McGregor himself admitted an interest in the fight. That was followed by reports from UFC insiders suggesting a deal for a UFC 200 bout was near completion.
Now Nate Diaz himself has spoken out about the possibility of taking on his Irish rival in the near future. Thankfully for UFC fans, he is open to the idea, although he would like to see one crucial stipulation for the fight.
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Speaking to UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1, the American said:
"When you get a real fight, people appreciate it. If that’s what he wants to do and that’s what the UFC wants to do, let’s run it back. Let’s do it again.
“If there’s a second fight, whatever. I’ll fight at (155 pounds),” Diaz continued. “I’d like to be in shape and be cut up and not have to hear it out of the fans and the people. Not even the fans but the guy (Conor McGregor), I don’t want to hear no excuses.
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“I’ll make 55. I planned on making 55 the last time. We’re going to have to see if they want to run it back and then we’ll see.”
When Diaz handed McGregor his first UFC defeat back on March 5, the fight took place at 170 pounds - largely due to the short notice the American was given before stepping into the octagon.
The fact McGregor had most recently fought in the 145 pound Featherweight division, and had been preparing for a 155 Lightweight clash against Rafael dos Anjos in the run up to UFC 196, has been cited by some as a reason why the Irish star suffered defeat against Diaz.
A lot of fans, and McGregor himself in comments immediately after the fight, have insinuated that making the jump to 170 at such short notice was perhaps an unfair challenge.
It is unlikely the Irishman would have any qualms about accepting the rematch at 155 but it would heap further pressure on to the 27-year-old's shoulders.
With McGregor's camp having talked up his chances of becoming the Lightweight champion, should he lose to Diaz when fighting within the division's weight stipulation it would throw into question that ambition.
Nevertheless, having surrendered his undefeated status to the American, a rematch is still the most effective way for McGregor to bounce back as quickly as possible regardless of what weight the fight takes place at.
UFC fans: Who would win at 155; McGregor or Diaz? Have your say in the comments below...
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