Dana White Claims Conor McGregor Is ‘Chomping At The Bit’ To Return, Nate Diaz Trilogy Possible

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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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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  2. […] a recent interview, UFC president, Dana White reiterated that a future trilogy fight between arch-rivals, Diaz and McGregor could be possible for this summer in the Dubliner’s return from a fractured left tibia suffered in his July loss to Poirier. […]

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