Conor McGregor is about to return to the UFC this 12 months for a combat towards Michael Chandler, however the former champion has revealed that the unique plan was a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz.
McGregor and Chandler have been filming the brand new season of The Ultimate Fighter forward of their very own conflict, which continues to be with out a date, location and weight class.
And McGregor, 34, stated on The MMA Hour on Wednesday (15 March) that he was beforehand in talks for a long-awaited third showdown with Diaz, 37. McGregor and the American traded wins in 2016.
“The Ultimate Fighter just kind of presented itself,” the Irishman stated. “It was originally to be me versus Nate. So, I didn’t mind who it was against to be honest, nor do I mind who I compete against. That’s widely known.
“I had agreed to it with Nate, it was a day or two before, and now it’s Michael Chandler. I’m not sure what went down on that end, but it was me versus Chandler, and that’s it.
“I have no problem with him. I’m happy with it. It’s gonna be a good bout for sure.”
McGregor, who this week admitted to being concerned in a ‘hostile’ incident with Chandler throughout filming, additionally insisted that he’ll full his trilogy with Diaz at some point.
Diaz, who submitted McGregor in March 2016 earlier than dropping to the Irishman on factors that August, left the UFC in September 2022 after submitting Tony Ferguson.
“I’ll get that again,” McGregor stated. “We’ll get that trilogy at some stage for sure. That’s when he was gone that he was [supposed to be] doing the show. So, you know what way that is, it’s all politics and all that.
“We must fight, we’re one a piece. It’s a great rivalry, and it was a great fight. So, we gotta square that away for sure. Am I a person not to get the fights made and done? Look at all the fights I’ve had. When I say it, it happens.
“I have a load of bouts left in me and a load of stories incomplete, and I’m excited to continue on and get them done.”
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