NATE DIAZ claims he has little interest in a trilogy bout in opposition to arch rival Conor McGregor, insisting he is solely “eager about winners”.
The pair have been engaged in one of many biggest UFC rivalries of all time after their brace of fights in 2016 – with the rating tied one apiece.
After McGregor, 30, avenged his March 2016 submission loss with a factors victory 5 months later, the Irish star would go onto win the UFC light-weight title in opposition to Eddie Alvarez – after which field Floyd Mayweather.
Diaz, 33, has not fought since he was outpointed by McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016 – whereas The Infamous misplaced to Khabib Nurmagomedov final yr following his unsuccessful boxing debut in opposition to Mayweather.
After Diaz introduced he’ll return to the cage after three years out to face welterweight Anthony Pettis at UFC 141 – he advised ESPN a McGregor trilogy is just not in his plans.
Diaz mentioned: “No, I’m not eager about it in any respect, I’m eager about winners. He misplaced his final combat, and I received my final combat.
“You assume I’m attempting to combat somebody who simply bought his ass beat far and wide? I’m a black belt in jiu-jitsu, that s**t wouldn’t occur to me. Actual jiu-jitsu, Gracie jiu-jitsu.
“Conor’s ass was actually disappointing to me, as a result of what occurred was, like I mentioned, I didn’t lose that combat (at UFC 202). After which they gave him the simple Eddie Alvarez combat, after which he received the title.
“So I beat him after he received the 145 title and earlier than he received the 155 title, after which he fought Floyd Mayweather. They usually’re simply dissing me saying I’m turning down fights.”
Diaz has been vocal in regards to the lack of alternatives he has been supplied whereas McGregor has gone onto turn out to be a two-weight champion and once more problem for the light-weight belt since UFC 202.
After McGregor was crushed by Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, Diaz wished to focus on a title combat in opposition to the Russian.
Nurmagomedov has historical past with the Stockton fan-favourite after they clashed at an MMA present in 2015 the place Diaz claims he “slapped” the unbeaten Russian star.
Diaz suggests Nurmagomedov turned down a combat in opposition to him leaving the 33-year-old to goad the champion for avoiding the match regardless of being “slapped”.
He added: “Three years glided by and (the UFC) begin anticipating I’m gonna begin screaming for Conor as quickly as he loses? Nah, dude, I received that final combat. I’ll combat Khabib.
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“Then Khabib is playing like I have to win something to get to him. I’m like what are you talking about, dude? You got to win to get to me. I slapped you.
“So that’s my thoughts on that, that’s how I feel, he finished.
“I don’t care what people think – if someone slaps me, that’s gonna be my first kill. That’s the person I’m coming for and nobody else.”