Conor McGregor was supposed to face Nate Diaz in a rematch of his first UFC loss, at UFC 196 back in March. The pair were scheduled for another fight, at welterweight, as the main event of UFC 200 this July. He's since been pulled from the fight for failing to meet scheduled promotional duties, but that doesn't seem to have dampened his enthusiasm for a second shot at the younger Diaz brother:
I love it! Adapt and overcome.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, 2016
I am coming in light and lean for my rematch and I will school this boy to the bell. https://t.co/MjEwxokIYK
So what's changed since the first time around? It sounds like at least one of the big differences for McGregor might be his choice of pre-fight meals.
No. Last time I was eating four breakfasts and a dessert on the day of weigh in.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, 2016
You will see.
You will all see. https://t.co/zfhFLEqEcA
On the floor he was swept and controlled.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, 2016
When the tank goes, no amount of skill can save you.
You will see. https://t.co/vJP4k4qzwX
And of course, no reason not to take a couple shots at Diaz while he's talking about the the fight.
He has made more excuses for the first 8 minutes of our fight than I have made for the last 2 minutes of our fight. https://t.co/pukpqnF1YJ— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, 2016
I respect the endurance athlete. A game of will.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, 2016
But those who simply take part, will always be taken over. https://t.co/bysnazDaAT
For all those fans who are still pushing for McGregor to return to featherweight and defend his title at 145 rather than pushing for more fights in upper divisions, never fear, he had a message for you as well.
I look forward to my end of year unification bout. But like I said before.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) May 2, 2016
These featherweights don't understand... https://t.co/LzHsGsQP75
However, while the year is still young, his current contract problems seem to have put a serious damper on the idea of McGregor fighting any time in the near future, with the UFC even going so far as to say they wouldn't put him on a New York card this fall. And that alone may make the idea of getting in two fights before 2017 something of a remote proposition, even with 8 months to sort out the differences.