Conor McGregor’s plans for 2018 are as yet unclear.
The Notorious is fully expected to return to UFC following his brief leap into boxing to take on Floyd Mayweather and his head coach, John Kavanagh, wants him to complete the trilogy against Nate Diaz.
“If it was my choice, and I must stress that this is only my choice and that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen, it would be Nate Diaz in March,” Kavanagh said, per MMAFighting. “That’s what I would push towards.
“I have in my head that it would be a Paddy’s Day card in New York, Nate Diaz 3. I think that would be absolutely amazing. That’s what I would wish for.
“That’s what I’ll be leaning towards with my 0.1 percent influence when I meet with Conor and Audie (Attar). I want Diaz 3, Paddy’s Day in New York.”
McGregor is fully aware of the options on the table. While a third contest against Diaz appears likely, the Irishman revealed that he could face ex-sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi or even attempt to convince Mayweather to give him a rematch.
"Maybe one of these boxing guys. Maybe Malignaggi would come over and do an MMA bout,” he said at An Evening with Conor McGregor in Glasgow, per MMAFighting.
"(Also) Maybe I could entice Floyd back. We could either do a rematch in boxing or, like he said originally, we'll do an MMA fight next.”
Malignaggi has delivered a vicious response
McGregor clashed with Malignaggi after his camp released unflattering footage of the American during their sparring sessions.
And the former professional, who has pushed for a fight against McGregor ever since their fallout, has responded to the UFC champion’s comments with a savage tweet.
“Gotta back up all that big talk you had IN THE RING now, men back up their words while p***ies are all talk,” Malignaggi wrote.
“Time to back it up now #NoBalls”.
Malignaggi wants a big payday
It’s pretty easy to see through Malignaggi.
McGregor is arguably the biggest name in the fighting industry right now and a bout against him would be incredibly lucrative for the two-weight world boxing champion.
But an MMA fight against a 37-year-old retired boxer?
Please, just give us McGregor-Diaz 3.