Nate Diaz indifferent on Conor McGregor trilogy: ‘I don’t give a (expletive)’

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NEW YORK – Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will forever be linked.

Largely considered one of the most prolific rivalries in MMA history, the score is tied at one win apiece. Despite the general public’s anticipation for a third matchup, Diaz doesn’t feel one way or another.

At UFC 244 media day held Thursday, MMA Junkie asked Diaz about the possibility of a trilogy with McGregor. Right after their second fight in August 2016, Diaz said he wanted the UFC to book a third. As time passed, Diaz lost interest.

“Whatever is going to happen in the future is going to happen in the future,” Diaz said. “They play me like I was sitting there waiting for that fight forever, but I wasn’t. I would have liked it immediately. But when it wasn’t immediate, I was like, ‘What? Am I going to chase you around?’ I don’t give a (expletive).

“If he wanted it and we were going to fight, then we were going to fight. But if it’s going to happen, it’s going to play out like it’s going to play out.”

Could a trilogy fight with McGregor be next for Diaz after he takes on Jorge Masvidal in Saturday’s UFC 244 headliner? Maybe, maybe not, said Diaz.

“I don’t know what’s next, man,” Diaz said. “I’m going to do what I’m going to do. We’ll see what’s going to happen in the future. Like I said before, when the stars line up. I don’t know what’s next. I’m going to try to make this fight happen the way it’s supposed to happen, and we’ll go from there.”

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The rivalry between McGregor and Diaz dates back to March 2016. The longtime UFC veteran Diaz stepped into the most monumental fight of his career, when he took a short-notice headliner against McGregor at UFC 196.

A large betting favorite, Diaz sent shockwaves through the MMA World when he defeated the then-145-pound king. The win occurred in come-from-behind fashion after Diaz had been battered for much of the first round.

After a one-two combination stunned McGregor in the second round, Diaz poured on the attack as the Irishman retreated. A desperate McGregor shot for a takedown and was swiftly stuffed. From there, the Brazilian jiu-jitsu blackbelt mounted, pounded, and choked McGregor into submission – all the while blood streamed down his face.

The bout set up an immediate rematch at UFC 200. But after McGregor skipped a pre-fight press conference, the bout was canceled and rescheduled for UFC 202 in August 2016.

The rematch was a back-and-forth “Fight of the Year” candidate. Unlike the first meeting, their second five-round main event went the distance. McGregor won by majority decision.

UFC 244 takes place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN2/ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass.

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