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John Kavanagh wrote for the42.ie and gave his opinion on who his most successful fighter should face next.
With speculation mounting with regard to Conor McGregor's future intentions, it was announced today that the MMA superstar will be staging a tell all interview with Dan Hardy later this month. The "double champ" still hasn't defended a title in the UFC, where he still has some unfinished business.
Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor have fought twice already. One of those guys will likely need to score a ridiculously, impressive win, in order to jump past Diaz in the queue.
Diaz, who submitted McGregor at UFC 196 before dropping a majority decision at UFC 202, has complained in the past of a discrepancy he sees in the way the UFC promotes McGregor from its other athletes.
McGregor, of Dublin, has repeatedly stated their rivalry will eventually be settled in a third fight. "I just don't want to assume we're going to get that 10 to 15 percent, because I don't want to in two weeks have to say, 'Well, sorry, we didn't actually break the record'". "That still needs to be put to bed", said McGregor's coach and longtime friend.
Having been in attendance for the McGregor-Mayweather clash, mocked the lightweight champion in a back-stage confrontation with Brendan Schaub and dropped in to Mayweather's dressing room to help him celebrate, Diaz is playing his cards very well.
McGregor hasn't competed in the Octagon since November 2016 when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 to become the promotion's 155-pound titleholder.
He took a break from UFC in 2017 to concentrate on the birth of his first child.
Floyd Mayweather has confirmed that he is now retired from boxing as an active fighter following the event. "If Conor doesn't get stopped by me, I should get penalized at least a portion of my purse if I don't stop this guy".
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