The UFC were lining up a 'freak show fight' between Conor McGregor and an MMA legend
Published 30/03/2016 | 18:29
It looks like Conor McGregor's shock loss to Nate Diaz a few weeks back robbed fans of a possible superfight and the UFC of a mammoth payday.
According to Diaz, had McGregor beaten the American - as was widely anticipated - the Dubliner would have fought UFC legend Georges St-Pierre at UFC 200.
The fight would have represented something of a physical miss-match, with featherweight champion McGregor taking on the the former UFC welterweight champion, who last fought in 2013, at which point he still held the belt.
The fight would have no doubt generated a huge amount of buzz but speaking to the You're Welcome podcast with Chael Sonnen, Diaz said he thought the encounter would have been a 'freak show fight'.
"They [The UFC] wanted to have this big old GSP vs. McGregor bullsh*t, with Georges sat in the front row at UFC 196, I don’t even wanna hear about that sh*t. Get the f**k outta here with that, What the f**k? I pissed off Conor McGregor, I pissed off GSP, but most of all I pissed off the UFC. Well guess what? LOL motherf**kers. Georges is full of sh*t, he’s a bully, he was going to fight this little Irish featherweight guy? He would have held him down, that’s a freak show fight man.”
The GSP v McGregor fight may have been put on the back-burner for now but another icon of the sport wants to take the Canadien fighter's place. Brazilian Anderson Silva has expressed an interest in fighting McGregor at a catchweight according to MMA Fighting, and again, while it is a mouthwatering prospect, the sheer size difference means the bout is unlikely to take place.