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Morning Report: Conor McGregor open to Nate Diaz rematch, 'I'd love to get that one back'

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

When you can fight anywhere from 145 pounds to welterweight, you've got options.

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor struck out against Nate Diaz in the 170-pound main event at UFC 196.

Diaz scored a second-round rear-naked-choke to hand McGregor his first loss under the UFC banner, but you wouldn't know it watching him shop this weekend on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.

"I'm ready to go again," McGregor told TMZ. "I had a great time. It was a good fight, a hell of a fight. I look forward to coming back with a vengeance."

McGregor's post-fight interviews indicated a featherweight title defense at UFC 200 would be next, but the Irishman doesn't sound opposed to another run-in with Diaz down the road.

"I think I'd like to see that, yea?" McGregor said of a future rematch with Diaz. "I mean, it's one that interests me, most certainly. You know, when I look at the fight I was winning the fight. I won the first round and a half, I feel. I'd love to get that one back. We'll see how it goes. Money talks. Life is good."

UFC 200 takes place July 9 from the new Las Vegas Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Memes.

I love memes.

A photo posted by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on


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Quick finishes from WSOF 29.

Those leg kicks!!! #AndStillJustin "the Highlight" Gaethje #WSOF29

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Champs.

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Interested?

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Buds.

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Please be careful.


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Nope.


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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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