Nate Diaz eyes Conor McGregor trilogy bout on return as coach says UFC star 'is motivated by fighting the best guys'
NATE DIAZ is eyeing a trilogy fight with bitter rival Conor McGregor, his coach Cesar Gracie has revealed.
The Ultimate Fighter season five winner returned to the octagon last weekend at UFC 263, where he suffered a unanimous decision defeat to Brit Leon Edwards.
And Gracie would like the fan favourite's next outing to be a rubber match against The Notorious.
He told MMA Fighting: “I would think the trilogy versus [Conor] McGregor.
“I know that Nate wants tough fights. He is motivated by fighting the best guys.”
McGregor is currently gearing up for a trilogy fight with former interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier, whom he'll meet next month in the main event of UFC 264 in Las Vegas.
And former two-division champ Daniel Cormier reckons a third meeting with Diaz would make the most sense for McGregor if he were to lose his series decider with Poirier.
During the final episode of DC & Helwani: “If he (Conor McGregor) loses, I think Diaz is a bigger star today than he was back then.
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“All week, the reactions he got compared to everyone else was crazy. Ariel, he’s smoking right on stage the whole week.
"You could see him rolling up underneath the table. Gave the invite for everyone to come to his after party.
"But come on man, lets talk about Leon Edwards, the man who actually won the fight."
Diaz and McGregor, 36 and 32 respectively, took part in back-to-back wars in 2016, with the former winning their first encounter and the latter edging the second.
The pair have traded plenty of verbal jabs over the years, with Diaz recently mocking the Irishman's immediate rematch with Poirier.
In March, he tweeted: "I fed you up and u never got it back but u acted like u did now u get a rematch every time u get your ass beat like a spoiled Little b***h would.
"I’ve done it all and I’m still here plus the guy who just beat ur ass is a scared Lil bitch also f**k u both."
Diaz is open to sharing the octagon with his old rival again, but only after he gets back in the win column.
He said: “I’m sure we probably will fight, one day eventually too.
“But at the time right now — it’s not the time.
"You’ve been finished off left and right, you know, I’m going to have to get finished a few times before we fight again.
"When the time is right the time is right.
"But I think now's the time for bigger, better stuff to go on — different stuff."
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