Since Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor engaged in their thrilling five-round main event at UFC 202, the two men have combined to compete just once in the Octagon over the last 17 months.
In the aftermath of his majority decision defeat to McGregor, Diaz said he wouldn’t return unless it was a high-profile fight. Even as recently as last month, Nate teased on Twitter that he’d entertain going into professional boxing in lieu of another UFC bout.
On Tuesday, Diaz took to Instagram and indicated that he’s looking to step back into the cage later this year.
The full post read:
“Sick of sitting around waiting for you f-ckers to do sh-t there’s no excitement in this fight sh-t step your games up I’ll see u around may,June.
Sincerely The Real Champ ”
MMA Fighting reported that Diaz’s claims are legitimate, and that there is a push to have his next UFC fight in that timeframe.
Diaz (19-11) memorably submitted Conor McGregor on short notice at UFC 196, a card originally scheduled to feature McGregor against then-lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. The two fought at welterweight in both matchups, and took home Fight of the Night honors on both occasions.
With McGregor’s future in limbo, the lightweight division currently has Tony Ferguson fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223, with Al Iaquinta vs. Paul Felder targeted for the same card, and Dustin Poirier headlining UFC on FOX 29 against Justin Gaethje. That leaves the #8-ranked Diaz with three available fighters ranked above him: Eddie Alvarez, Edson Barboza, and Kevin Lee. Two of them have already called him out on Twitter.
We also can’t rule out Diaz, who was reportedly three times the size of McGregor in the rematch, challenging Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt. As for McGregor vs. Diaz III, Dana White doesn’t seem interested in booking it, and is currently aiming for Conor to fight the Ferguson-Khabib winner.