Speaking to Chael Sonnen on the latter’s ‘You’re Welcome’ podcast, Nate Diaz conceded that a once-sought instant rematch has eluded him.
The general consensus that Conor McGregor defeated Nate Diaz by three rounds to two at UFC 202 doesn’t wash with the Californian.
The aftermath of their classic bout saw Diaz seek a quick reprieve, much like his counterpart got after the reverse result in March at UFC 196. The former lightweight title challenger went as far to say that he’ll sit on the sideline until the McGregor show rolls into town once again.
By this time last fight I had already accepted rematch.. Rest up. I’m coming for you…..
However, along with UFC president Dana White’s assertion that the trilogy fight won’t happen for a while, Diaz’s enthusiasm for a three-peat has dissipated, as he told Sonnen. The change of heart stems from Diaz’s belief that he won the hotly contested bout.
“I dont know [what’s going on behind the scenes]. Remember last time they rushed to his house the next morning and said he was all obsessed or whatever? I was pretty crazy about it for a couple of days, but it’s whatever to me, you know?”
“I won that fight and I’m not like jumping for joy already for round three. I think I beat him twice, so it’s 2-0 as far as I’m concerned. If they want to do it down the road, I don’t know – I’m not in a hurry.
“I believe they know too, because he’s got a smart coach on his hands. Him and his coach know what happened in the fight and they’re not stupid, so I think they are going to do what they can to return to his division and get onto a new stage.”
A rubber match will most likely take place at 155lbs. to settle the score, but all sides appear to have come to the conclusion that they must all go their separate ways, for now.