'Not a good day' - UFC talks with Nate Diaz over Conor McGregor rematch didn't go well
Published 21/05/2016 | 12:26
The prospect of Conor McGregor facing off against Nate Diaz in the octagon are looking increasingly remote after UFC president Dana White claimed talks with the American did not go according to plan.
White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta travelled to Stockton in California to discuss the prospect of a rematch but were left frustrated.
The duo were scheduled to face-off at UFC 200 before a squabble between the promotion and the Notorious over media obligations, led to the co-main event being scrapped.
Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar meet at UFC 200 with the interim featherweight title on the line and the Crumlin fighter is expected to fight the victor later this year but the UFC are clearly hoping to shoehorn a McGregor-Diaz bout in before then.
Quoted by TMZ, White said his trip to California to meet Diaz didn't go well: "Obviously I'm not going to disclose details of the deal, but let's just say my trip to Stockton didn't go well."
ESPN's Brett Okamoto shed some more light on the Diaz meeting.
Yes Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta flew to Stockton today to speak to Nate Diaz. Was told Diaz wanted "Conor" treatment. They come to him.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 20, 2016
Rematch against Conor McGregor was discussed, but source tells me they could not come to financial terms today.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 20, 2016
Texts from Dana White (@danawhite): (on status of the rematch) Wasn't a good day. (on visiting Stockton) I've been to worst places.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) May 20, 2016
Dana White was clearly unimpressed with how his visit to Stockton was portrayed.
Fucking media! Brett's post about Stockton makes it sound like I'm shitting on the place. Here's the text in context pic.twitter.com/7b1NXVpWpc— Dana White (@danawhite) May 21, 2016
White may be coming under pressure amid reports that Mayweather has offered his McGregor €44.6m to lace up the gloves and fight him in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve.