Tuesday 27 September 2016

'It's not settled yet' - Conor McGregor calls out Nate Diaz as he continues fight for rematch

Published 02/05/2016 | 08:38

McGregor and Diaz in action
McGregor and Diaz in action

Conor McGregor insists there is unfinished business between himself and Nate Diaz - despite being knocked out by the American in the second round earlier this year.

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McGregor tapped out in their welterweight contest when the pair met in Las Vegas at UFC 196 in March and were due for a rematch on July 9 before McGregor was withdrawn for not fulfilling his media duties.

The Notorious has let his feelings be known on social media, calling to be reinstated and insisting that a rematch with Diaz is the fight the fans want to see.

And lat night, McGregor again called for the UFC to give the fans what they want, saying: "Nobody gives a f*** about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the b*****t. Run it back. ‪#‎RealFight‬."

Meanwhile, Amir Khan has revealed that he could make the switch from boxing to mixed martial arts in the future, and says that he "fancies his chances" against UFC poster boy and featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

First up for Khan is the biggest test of his career, when he takes on the fearsome WBA middleweight champion Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez, next Saturday night.

Conor McGregor submits to a choke-hold by Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in Las Vegas last
month. Photo: Getty Images
Conor McGregor submits to a choke-hold by Nate Diaz at UFC 196 in Las Vegas last month. Photo: Getty Images

Speaking about a potential future in MMA, Khan told the Guardian:

"I’ve always been a UFC fan and I like McGregor and the way he promotes it. If I was to fight the champion around 147 pounds I would fancy my chances. You never know what will happen in the future—I would never say ‘no’ to getting into MMA. I could do it under my own banner and what a way to do it. My speed would be perfect, it’s hit and move.

"Just look at when McGregor beat Jose Aldo. The guy leant forward, over extended and fell short, McGregor stepped back and threw the straight right. It was a proper boxing move. I would not let anyone get close to me, I would take a step back and keep it long. I also believe that us boxers punch harder than MMA fighters anyway."

Conor McGregor takes some punishment from Nate Diaz during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. 'Once a man goes down to the floor in MMA, his opponent will then do his best to make sure he stays down – frequently through repeated use of elbow strikes to the head and face. It’s this element of extreme brutality which both attracts and disgusts people.' Pic: Mark Rebilas/Sportsfile
Conor McGregor takes some punishment from Nate Diaz during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. 'Once a man goes down to the floor in MMA, his opponent will then do his best to make sure he stays down – frequently through repeated use of elbow strikes to the head and face. It’s this element of extreme brutality which both attracts and disgusts people.' Pic: Mark Rebilas/Sportsfile

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