One of Conor McGregor’s mixed martial arts coaches wants to see the Irishman contest a third UFC fight against Nate Diaz.
McGregor is currently “taking some time off” after his 10th round loss to Floyd Mayweather. However, there is speculation over when the 29-year-old will return to the UFC Octagon and who he will face.
Speaking on the MMA Hour on Tuesday, Owen Roddy, McGregor’s striking coach, said he would “like to see him fight this year.”
Roddy also said that, if he were in charge, he’d want to book the trilogy bout with Diaz so the two fighters could settle their rivalry.
“I’d like to see Diaz III and the reason I say Diaz is because the build up is exciting and those fights are so exciting.
“The back and forth, there’s nothing like it. It’s just a mad scene. The two fights against Diaz were probably the most exciting camps I’ve been a part of and to do that again would be unbelievable. The fans would like that over everything else.”
McGregor suffered his first loss when he made his welterweight (170-pound) debut against Diaz in March 2016. In a bloody, back-and-forth bout, Diaz submitted McGregor with a rear-naked choke in the second round of their UFC 196 main event in Las Vegas.
Six months later, McGregor avenged the defeat by knocking Diaz down multiple times en route to a majority decision victory at UFC 202. Both fights won Fight of the Night honours.
“I like the idea of the Diaz fight. If it doesn’t happen next, I’m sure it’s down the line,” Roddy concluded.