The rivalry between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor will go down as inarguably one of the greatest rivalries in the history of MMA. After Rafael dos Anjos injured himself out of the fight against Conor McGregor in a historic match-up for the UFC Lightweight Championship, while McGregor was the Featherweight Champion, The Notorious stepped up a weight class to meet Nate Diaz inside the octagon with the Stockton Slugger accepting the fight under two weeks.
Diaz shocked the world as he picked up a submission win over the Featherweight Champion in the second round of the fight to ignite one of the most entertaining rematches in the history of MMA. Conor McGregor took on Nate Diaz at UFC 202 in what was five rounds of war. Both the fighters put up incredible performances and picked up the UFC bonuses. McGregor picked up a close majority decision win over Diaz. However, many fight fans believe that Nate Diaz did enough to beat McGregor twice in a row inside the octagon. While Diaz handed McGregor his first loss inside the UFC, The Notorious bounced back strong in the rematch. Courtesy the controversial decision, even to this day, both the fighters continue to tease a trilogy fight. However, nothing has even come remotely close to being official.
Nate Diaz looks back at UFC 202 war with Conor McGregor
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Nate Diaz put up an incredible performance against Conor McGregor and showed great cardio and great pressure in the later rounds against the Champion. Diaz was able to hand heavy blows after failing to excel in the first two rounds. Diaz put up a story on his Instagram where he revisited his five rounds of war with Conor McGregor. “I forgot who won that fight” Diaz captioned the video. Here’s a look.
What’s next for Diaz?
Nate Diaz is expected to take Jorge Masvidal in the rematch for the symbolic BMF belt in early 2021. Jorge Masvidal is coming off a title loss to Kamaru Usman at UFC 252, and Diaz could be looking at a title opportnity with win over Masvidal. With no plans of retirement in sight, it will be interesting to see Nate Diaz’s future in UFC after his emphatic return after over three years back at UFC 241 in a winning affair against Anthony Pettis.