On Thursday, UFC president Dana White said on SportsCenter that he was unsure if the much-discussed rematch between Nate Diaz and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor would ever take place, but that the UFC was still trying to hammer out a deal to get the rematch booked.
However in a subsequent interview on FOX Sports 1's The Herd, White appeared less hopeful, revealing that the UFC has begun looking at alternative opponents for McGregor's next fight after unsuccessfully trying to reach a deal with Diaz.
"It's just madness," White said. "It's just been tough. It's been a tough go-through, so we're looking at another fight for Conor right now and we'll see how this thing comes together. But Conor is just so obsessed with Diaz at 170, it's been crazy."
Diaz defeated McGregor on short notice at UFC 196 via second-round rear-naked choke. The two were initially slated to rematch on July 9 at UFC 200, however those plans were scrapped in April when McGregor refused to fly to Las Vegas to participate in promotion for the fight.
Of late, UFC officials met separately with both McGregor and Diaz in the hopes of re-booking the fight for August 20 at UFC 202, but after having left the meeting with Diaz frustrated and unable to come to terms, White indicated that the UFC has begun looking at fallback plans to get McGregor back in action -- with or without Diaz.
"The reality is that since that Conor McGregor fight -- obviously when you win a fight of that magnitude, it has definitely rubbed off on Nate," White said. "People do want to see Nate fight. People do want to see this fight again, and I'm one of those guys who, I want to make the fight that people want to see, and I believe people do want to see this fight.
"But, people do want to see Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo again too. I'm sure they would want to see him fight Rafael dos Anjos at 155 for that title, so there's a lot of fights out there for Conor, if we can't get this Nate fight done."