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Morning Report: Conor McGregor was interested in fighting Nick Diaz at UFC 196; Diaz would have accepted

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Oh, what could have been.

If not for Nick Diaz's 18-month suspension for marijuana stemming from a positive test at UFC 183, there may be another Stockton local fighting Conor McGregor on March 5 at UFC 196.

Making an appearance on FOX Sports Live Wednesday evening, McGregor was asked if he would have preferred to face Nick over brother Nate.

"I certainly did ask when Nick's ban is up," said McGregor. "He's still banned so either or is good for me. Maybe somewhere down the line I'll probably contest against both, I feel."

Nick shadowed Nate at Wednesday's press conference in Torrance, Calif., and McGregor believes he detected a bit of nsecurity from the elder Diaz.

"Nick is proud of his little brother," said McGregor. "I could see it up there. He was worried for him or something. I could see it. I had to tell him, 'Nick, he's doing well up here. Relax.' But that's his baby brother so it is what it is."

Following the event, Diaz was asked if he would have taken his brother's spot if Nate was unable.

"I'm f**king ready to go, bro," Diaz told FightHub. "I'm ready to go today. They said 170 [pounds], what the f**k?"

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TWEETS

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Bridesmaids.

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C stands for Conor.

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Cuttin'.

We In here ! Anderson cutting weight!

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Feeling good.

220 pounds, eating six times a day.Feeling stronger than ever. Firing on all cylinders. Shout out to my weight...

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Congrats.

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Buds.


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Nice single leg counter.

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It happens.

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