Conor McGregor evened the score with Nate Diaz at UFC 202 last month, winning via unanimous decision (replay here) to get some payback after the Stockton slugger forced him to tap a few months prior at UFC 196. Both fights did gangbusters at the box office (evidence here and here), leaving many to believe that since the series is tied and locking them in a cage together does good business, a trilogy fight would be a no-brainer.
Not quite, according to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White, who says a third fight between the the talented duo is far from a lock.
"You can’t do three," White revealed during an interview on Hot 97 in New York (via Fan Sided). "Here’s the thing, Conor McGregor is this guy where if a fight falls out, this guy will step up. He doesn’t give a shit. He’s legitimately that guy. I’ve been on the phone and I’ve stood in the living room many times and looked guys in the face when their opponent pulls out, nobody faces that adversity the way that Conor McGregor does."
"It’s awesome and it makes me respect him very much," White concluded.
While not denying the success the two prior match ups, White said they should have never thrown down in the first place, as the sheer size difference was too much for "Notorious."
"[Conor] ends up saying, ‘let’s do this Nate Diaz thing’ and dude he’s two weight classes heavier than you and he doesn’t care. So we do the fight," said White. "Conor has to try to weigh 168 [pounds] when they’re weighing in at 170. The night of the fight, Diaz comes in at 190. Now Conor McGregor is a 145, 155-pound guy and if you look at the wars he’s had with Diaz, you can only have so many of those wars in your career. It doesn’t make sense.
"So I don’t know. 1-1’s good, they shouldn’t have fought in the first place. We’ll see what happens."
That’s the reason -- much to the chagrin of this guy (and a lot of other people, too) — White admits he gives the fiery Irishman more rope than anyone else on the roster to say and pretty much do whatever he wants.
"That’s why I give this guy way more rope than I give anybody else," said White. "Conor can say whatever the hell he wants to, the guy steps up on four days notice, he can say whatever he wants. We’re in the fight game, who really wants to fight? That dude wants to fight."
And fight he will, as "Notorious" has been booked to headline UFC 205 on Nov. 12, 2016, in New York City in a Lightweight title fight against division champion, Eddie Alvarez. McGregor is obviously one of Dana’s "guys;" in fact, he may even be "the guy," as Conor has generated plenty of revenue for the promotion -- and himself — over the last few years. This, even though the two don’t always see eye-to-eye; something that can be overlooked as long as the pay-per-view (PPV) keep selling.