UFC president, Dana White has claimed that former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor is “chomping at the bit” to return from his leg injury next year, as well as maintaining that a trilogy rubber match featuring the Dubliner and Nate Diaz is possible for 2022.
McGregor, who has been sidelined since July, headlined UFC 264 in another rubber match against former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier, where he suffered a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss after fracturing his left tibia.
The Dubliner himself recently provided an update on his timeframe for a return from injury, claiming that he plans to return to full mixed martial arts sparring by April of next year. And has been linked with a return to the Octagon in the summer of 2022.
The 33-year-old has listed numerous opponents for his impending comeback, including the likes of Diaz, former interim titleholder, Tony Ferguson, Jorge Masvidal, Michael Chandler, and the aforenoted, Poirier and undisputed champion, Charles Oliveira.
However, with both McGregor and Diaz now finding themselves in the midst of two-fight losing streaks, many have campaigned for the two to finally settle their differences in the form of a 2022 trilogy bout, with the pair both holding wins over one another.
Commenting on the possibility of clashing McGregor and Diaz for a third time next year, White maintained that a third bout between the two made sense for 2022, but claimed that the latter would have to be interested in that fight.
“(It’s) always there,” White told ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto, when asked about the possibility of the trilogy bout. “That fight could happen (next summer). You could make that fight (next). There are a lot of fights you could make for Nate Diaz. But Nate has to want that fight (with Conor McGregor).”
Addressing the possibility of fighting McGregor again on Twitter this week, Diaz that the Dubliner first needed to win multiple fights, as well as regrow his injured leg.
“I’m not fighting Conor (McGregor) until his leg grows back and he beats some people so we know he can even fight still,” Diaz tweeted. “Till then, can I get on (the) January (UFC 270) card @ufc. Thanks.”
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