Conor McGregor: “We’ll finish this trilogy with Diaz”

The Irishman was speaking on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on ESPN ahead of his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov on Saturday at UFC 229. 

Immediacy doesn’t seem to be much of a factor for Conor McGregor if you were to base that solely on his recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Monday.

Despite a monumental title tilt against current lightweight champion Nurmagomedov, McGregor seemed more content to plan his future endeavours.

“There’s plenty of things I can do”, began McGregor. “If Floyd (Mayweather) decides to come over and tries his hand here I’ll fight him. I’m open to boxing him again”

McGregor has signed a multi fight deal with the UFC and according to “The Notorious”, it is a “record breaking 8 figure deal”. Whether or not, it allows him to compete in other disciplines remains to be seen but that hasn’t stopped McGregor from stoking the flames before.

Further to his future plans, Helwani asked the former lightweight and featherweight champion if he had any plans to fight Nate Diaz.

“Of course. I will offer Nate (Diaz) his rematch like he offered me mine. We will finish this trilogy”

Diaz is currently slated to fight a former opponent of McGregor’s in Dustin Poirier at Madison Square Garden at UFC 230 in November. However, it is unclear what weight class it will be at despite both men clamouring for a 165lb title clash.

Whether or not, Conor McGregor knows himself he did drop a hint that he himself would like to move up in weight to challenge for the welterweight belt.

“170 interests me. I’m just living my life and I’m eyeing up that weight class down the line”

McGregor was in reflective mood given the rollercoaster year he has had.

“I don’t regret any of it. I’m not perfect. I’m far from it. Emotions take over with me sometimes but I wouldn’t change a thing. With this wealth, people change around you and I’m just going with the flow.”

It is well documented that McGregor is still in a legal battle after his attack on a bus in New York City earlier this year but McGregor is happy enough to move on and focus on fighting.

“I’m back in love with the game again. I am going to go into the cage on Saturday and I predict a KO. I hope it’s not too early. I want him to eat it clean and then jump on him and maul him”

Before the interview concluded, the Crumlin native was hopeful that he would have a fight in Dublin.

“I don’t know if Croke Park is available but I don’t see why the Aviva Stadium isn’t an option. Even put me in the Point (currently: 3 Arena). The last time I was there we made 9,000 sound like 90,000”

Conor McGregor is looking to regain his lightweight title against current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov this Saturday at UFC 229 in Las Vegas.

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