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Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz get in expletive-filled argument over who’s real king of MMA

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Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will answer questions during the UFC 202 media call Friday.
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz
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Nate Diaz’s return to the octagon touched off another Twitter fight with his longtime rival Conor McGregor as the two argued in an expletive-filled conversation on Wednesday.

After Diaz booked an unusual five-round co-main event against Leon Edwards, McGregor touted his trip to welterweight for his first fight with the Stockton, Calif., native. That sparked a back-and-forth as the two argued over their records, who the real king of MMA is, and who scared Khabib Nurmagomedov more.

McGregor took aim at Diaz after asking the UFC to create a special “McGregor belt” for his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier, which could take place July 10 in Las Vegas.

McGregor then referenced an earlier interview where Diaz said he hadn’t really been training for their first fight at UFC 196, which ended in a surprise upset win for the American.

Not one to stay silent, Diaz started clapping back at the former two-division champ. Over the years, Diaz has repeatedly attacked McGregor’s relationship with the UFC despite the Irish star’s clashes with management over money and activity.

But when Diaz mentioned a fight with former UFC welterweight Rory Markham, that was McGregor’s turn to pounce.

That led to insults about their respective records, real and unsanctioned.

And eventually, the whole thing turned into a grade school spat.

A trilogy between Diaz and McGregor is considered by many to be a foregone conclusion, though it’s never materialized as the rival’s careers have taken twists and turns. After McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier in a rematch at UFC 257, many expected the promotion would finally book the third fight between McGregor and Diaz. But McGregor instead opted for a rubber match with Poirier, whom he knocked out in 2014. That again put Diaz on the backburner, and he subsequently took the Edwards fight.

If given the opportunity, Diaz certainly would be happy to jump back in the cage with McGregor.