While the speculation concerning an unlikely boxing match against Floyd Mayweather Jr. shows no signs of dying down, the reality is that Conor McGregor's day job remains that of a UFC fighter.
With that in mind, the Irish star spoke to ESPN on Tuesday about the long-anticipated - and once agreed upon - rematch with Nate Diaz that so many UFC fans want to see ahead of any 'mega-fight' vs Mayweather.
Although McGregor admitted to a couple of mistakes he made in the run-up to his shock UFC 196 defeat, The Notorious One also doubled down on a requirement he has for any rematch against his American rival.
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The Irishman's first ever defeat in the UFC octagon came as he attempted to catapult himself up the weight categories. Already having planned to jump from his 145-pound featherweight division to face Rafael dos Anjos at 155, when the latter pulled out, McGregor ended up fighting Diaz at a heady 170-pounds.
You might think that, with three months having passed since his second round defeat, and with the prospect of back-to-back losses still looming, McGregor might have settled on rematching Diaz at a more manageable weight.
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According to the 27-year-old himself, however, looking to avenge his defeat at anything less than 170 pounds would be pointless:
"What kind of fighter would I be, if I said, 'Hey, I didn't get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155,'" McGregor said, via ESPN.
"I'll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, I won't do that."
McGregor's insistence on replicating the exact fight conditions of UFC 196 in a rematch is admirable as, as we saw in the original contest, the naturally bigger Diaz appeared to have an advantage as the fight progressed.
Although a second fight doesn't appear imminent right now - negotiations are ongoing after their UFC 200 bout was pulled - the Dublin native is already prepping to make sure he is better prepared when the time comes:
"Look at me right now," McGregor said. "Fish, red cabbage, asparagus -- I'm nowhere near a fight, and I'm on the clock with nutrition."
With McGregor confirming he has no issues with a 170-pound fight, it doesn't look like weight is the cause of the delays in negotiations we are currently seeing.
More likely, considering recent reports of the Irish fighter's discontent with media obligations and Diaz's issues with the fight purse, there are issues outside of the octagon that are holding things up.
While a date for any rematch is still a mystery, at least we do now know one certainty. The fight will be at 170lbs.
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