Despite interest from both fighters, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will not fight a third time, UFC president Dana White told TMZ on Monday.
“The war was fun and super successful but I’m movin’ on,” White said, adding that McGregor will have to defend his title belt against Jose Aldo, or hand it to him.
McGregor is the UFC Featherweight Champion at 145 pounds, but has fought up at 170 pounds against Diaz in his last two matches.
Because of the fact that McGregor hasn’t defended his title since defeating Aldo on Dec. 12, 2015, this isn’t a new stance from White. McGregor seemed to know this in his post-UFC 202 press conference, speaking cryptically about fighting White on his position.
“[Stuff] is about to hit the fan right now, I feel,” McGregor said.
Both McGregor and Diaz said in their in-ring interviews that they want to fight a third time. The series between the two is tied, 1–1, after McGregor’s win on Saturday.
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