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Conor McGregor still open to Nate Diaz trilogy: ‘Let’s go, Nathan’

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

With a 40-second TKO over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246, Conor McGregor has a lot of options available to him right now but he hasn’t forgotten about an old rival still lurking in the shadows.

Just moments after McGregor got back in the win column after 15 months away from the cage, Nate Diaz was quick to offer his opinion on the performance.

“Weak as f*ck,” Diaz wrote in response to the end of the fight.

It’s not clear if Diaz was taking a shot at McGregor, Cerrone or both but obviously he wasn’t all that impressed by the outcome of the main event.

McGregor has long talked about settling the score with Diaz after he split a pair of fights with the Stockton, Calif. bad boy in 2016.

Diaz choked McGregor out the first time around at UFC 196 and then the Irish superstar got his vengeance five months later with a majority decision at UFC 202.

After hearing about Diaz’s post regarding his fight this past Saturday night, McGregor was quick to invite him to finish that long awaited trilogy that has been looming overhead since 2016.

“Let’s go Nathan. Let’s go brother,” McGregor said. “No. 3. It’s always here. We’re right here Nathan.”

McGregor might be interested in the fight but UFC president Dana White said during his own appearance at the post fight press conference that the promotion hasn’t spoken to Diaz since he suffered a TKO loss to Jorge Masvidal this past November at UFC 244.

Diaz has been cagey at best whenever he’s discussing his fighting future, although the UFC did manage to book him twice in 2019 including a win over Anthony Pettis followed by the loss to Masvidal three months later.

Right now it appears Masvidal and lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov might be at the top of the list for potential opponents to draw McGregor next, it’s clear he hasn’t forgotten about the unfinished business he has with Diaz with hopes to settle that grudge at some point in the future.