Conor McGregor (L) hits Nate Diaz with a left during their welterweight rematch at UFC 202. Photo:Getty Images
Conor McGregor (L) hits Nate Diaz with a left during their welterweight rematch at UFC 202. Photo:Getty Images

Conor McGregor heading home to Octagon

AFTER his boxing sojourn, Conor McGregor is expected to make a hasty return to the UFC.

The Irish star is planning to head back to the Octagon as soon as possible, despite a two-month suspension being handed down after his TKO defeat to Floyd Mayweather ont he weekend.

Since the fight, many have speculated on who will be McGregor's next opponent. The smart money is on a third fight with UFC rival Nate Diaz.

Diaz upset McGregor at UFC 196, forcing the Irishman to submit.

That fight saw McGregor jump to welterweight after then UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos withdrew, sighting injury.

Diaz was called it to replace the Brazilian and shocked the world by upsetting McGregor.

McGregor promptly called for a rematch with Diaz and got his revenge on the American in one of the best fights in UFC history.

Diaz has been chasing a third fight ever since, but has been forced to wait as McGregor targetted the UFC Lightweight title, which he won after defeating Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. McGregor then took a break from fighting for the birth of his first child (Conor McGregor Jr), before switching to boxing to meet Floyd Mayweather.

All the while Diaz has sat on the sidelines, telling the UFC he would not take another fight unless it was with McGregor.

It seems Diaz may now get his wish, but McGregor has detailed the terms he will accept the fight on. Unlike their first two meetings, McGregor will not meet him at welterweight again.

"I'm the 155 pound champion (70kg)," McGregor told BBC News.

"I faced him at 170 (77kg), he beat me, I rematched him at 170, I beat him.

"Now I'm the 155 pound champion, now if he wants that fight, he must come down - that's a fair trade."

McGregor, who is a former UFC featherweight champion, says the move is only fair, given the fact Diaz has fought in the lightweight division previously.

"I didn't ask for the rematch at a lower weight," McGregor said.

"I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight. I thought that was a fair play move on my behalf and I came in and I won.

"So now I won that and I won the 155 title (70kg) after that, so if he wants the fight he has to make the 155 pound limit."

News Corp Australia


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