Monday 26 September 2016

Conor McGregor keeping options open after Nate Diaz triumph

Published 21/08/2016 | 07:56

Conor McGregor atoned for his defeat at UFC 196 (AP)
Conor McGregor atoned for his defeat at UFC 196 (AP)
Conor McGregor, pictured, got his revenge against Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor does not expect his third tussle with Nate Diaz to be his next fight.

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The Irishman edged out Diaz in a five-round thriller in Las Vegas on Saturday, to avenge his UFC 196 defeat to the American.

McGregor targeted a trilogy battle with Diaz, but later admitted he was eyeing other opportunities first, leaving open the possibility of the much-mooted boxing clash with Floyd Mayweather.

The 28-year-old must defend his UFC featherweight title against Jose Aldo to hold onto the crown, but is yet to determine his next move.

When asked if a third bout with Diaz would be next on his schedule, McGregor said: "Probably not. The belt situation is lingering.

"I've got to talk. I've got to talk about what's next, there's a lot of options. Some might not be this sport, so we'll see.

"I've got to sit down and see what piece of the pie they're offering me now, and take it from there."

McGregor's immediate reaction to victory over Diaz was to target a third and potentially decisive battle with the 31-year-old California native.

"All I know is that it's 1-1," McGregor told BT Sport. "Let's regroup and do it again!

"This time I want to do it at 155 pounds, I came in at 170 with him as the bigger man and I overcame that adversity.

"Now this trilogy is on my terms, come back down to 155 and we'll do it."

When the dust had settled on his victory McGregor then revealed he would relish the chance to fight in Ireland.

"I'd love it," he said of a potential event in his homeland.

"I was over the moon when I walked into that weigh-in and they (Irish fans) were all there.

"I would love to fight at home in front of my countrymen.

"It's hard for my fans to come over here for fights and I understand that. So I don't know and we'll see, but hopefully."

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