Conor McGregor isn’t afraid to face Nate Diaz again.
The Irish fighter—who was pulled from a rematch with Diaz at UFC 200 after a much-publicized battle with UFC boss Dana White—is prepared to get back into the octagon. McGregor spoke with ESPN and said that he wants to fight at 170 pounds—the weight he lost to Diaz when they battled at UFC 196 in March—and not 155 pounds, which is Diaz’s normal fighting weight.
“What kind of fighter would I be if I said, ‘Hey, I didn’t get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155,'” McGregor said. “I’ll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, I won’t do that.”
Although no date has been officially set for the rematch, it’s theoretically possible the two could face off at UFC 202 on August 20 in Las Vegas as a headline fight. After UFC scrapped McGregor-Diaz for UFC 200, White replaced it with the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier faceoff.
McGregor said that he has adjusted his preparation heading into the potential rematch after the first fight forced him to quickly go from 155 pounds to 170 pounds.
“Fish, red cabbage, asparagus—I’m nowhere near a fight, and I’m on the clock with nutrition,” McGregor said.
I reside in the trench these days. pic.twitter.com/Z5eStqCla7
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 15, 2016
The UFC is also planning a “big numbered event” in McGregor’s hometown of Dublin—something the MMA star has been pushing for. James Elliott, UFC’s vice president and general manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, told Ireland’s Newstalk.com that an event is in the works and that it could be at Croke Park or the Aviva Stadium. The only challenge?
“Conor (McGregor) has certainly made no secret about the fact that he wants to fight in Dublin,” Elliott said. “It’s something that’s on the agenda. The numbers are getting closer in terms of how we could make it work, there’s still a lot of moving parts…. I feel we’re not that far away, certainly within the 18-month time frame, that’s something that we’re focused on.”
And while Dublin’s own McGregor would obviously be a huge draw at some of Ireland’s foremost stadiums, Elliott isn’t guaranteeing that he’ll make an appearance. “It’s not a bad idea” to leave McGregor off the card, he said.
McGregor may not be headlining the potential event in Ireland—but he’s ready to take on Diaz one more time.