There’s still no official announcement about a Nate Diaz vs Conor McGregor rematch, but McGregor’s coach seems to think that it’s going to happen soon. McGregor’s coach at Straight Blast Gym, John Kavanagh told the Daily Star, “I believe it is going to be announced this week.”
Rumors point to a welterweight rematch at UFC 200, but Diaz has just made a statement that makes it seem unlikely. Diaz has already voiced his disapproval of a rematch, but went on to add that he does not want to fight at welterweight.
On UFC Tonight, Diaz said, “If he wants it and UFC wants it, let’s run it back. If not, whatever. I’m here to fight the best fighters in the world. If there’s a second fight, I’ll fight at 55. I’d like to be in shape. I don’t want to hear it. I don’t want to hear no excuses. I’ll make 55. I was planning on making 55 last time. I think that title thing is a fairy tale. The best fighters in the world are getting paid the best money. The belt is a fairy tale, as far as I’m concerned. That might piss a lot of people off.”
That makes Kavanagh’s prediction of a fight announcement seem strange. Will Diaz be forced to move up a weight class? It doesn’t make much sense, considering that Diaz only fought at 170 in the first fight because he took the fight last-minute.
Regardless, Kavanagh seems to think the rematch has been set. He even went on to say that people will complain no matter who McGregor fights. “Whoever it is, there will be a group of fans that will go, ‘Oh I didn’t want to see that, I wanted to see this.’ The truth is when it is all said and done, fast forward three or four years when he is wrapping up his career, everybody will have been met. All styles will have been beaten,” he said.