Monday 26 September 2016

Renowned MMA journalist reveals why Conor McGregor will meet Nate Diaz at 170lb again

Published 22/03/2016 | 10:14

Conor McGregor wants to set the record straight against Nate Diaz
Conor McGregor wants to set the record straight against Nate Diaz

Renowned MMA journalist Ariel Helwani has revealed why Conor McGregor will decline the calls to return to featherweight to fight Frankie Edgar for a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200.

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Helwani announced last Friday that a rematch at welterweight, the same division where Diaz choked out McGregor at UFC 196, was on the cards.

In the aftermath of the defeat, the Crumlin fighter said that he would most likely return to the 145lb divsion and defend his title against Jose Aldo or number one contender Frankie Edgar.

On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Helwani said that McGregor wants to take on Diaz under the same conditions they faced on March 5 at the MGM Grand Arena.

“Make no mistake about it, the reason why this is happening at 170lbs is because, to be frank, Conor McGregor is a bit of a wildman,” said Helwani.

“He is obsessed with the idea that he lost to Nate Diaz at 170lbs, he feels like he should have won and he wants the same circumstances, the same rules, the same stipulations. He wants to do it again and prove that he is the better man”.

McGregor was magnanimous in defeat felt he fought 'inefficiently' against the American and it now appears that he wishes to set the record straight.

According to Helwani, the UFC have drawn up contracts for both fighters and the prospect of McGregor v Diaz 2 at UFC 200 was a real possibility.

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