According to UFC president Dana White, a trilogy bout between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz will not be booked anytime in the near future.
McGregor and Diaz squared off for the second time last weekend in the main event of UFC 202 in what turned out to be one of the best fights of 2016. McGregor was awarded the majority decision victory, giving each man one win over the other. Both fighters expressed interest in a third bout in their post-fight octagon interviews.
“All I know is it's 1-1. Regroup—we'll do it again, this time at 155 pounds. I came up to 170, faced the bigger man and overcame my adversity,” said McGregor in his interview with Joe Rogan. “Now you want this trilogy, it happens on my terms. Come back down to 155, we'll do it.”
Diaz, who submitted McGregor in their first outing, was also adamant on a third fight. “I gave him number two the second day, so I'm ready to go again. F*ck that,” said Diaz. "Good job today, Conor, but we going for three.”
Dana White, on the other hand, doesn’t like the idea of immediately booking the rubber match. On the FS1 post-fight show, he said that McGregor will have to forfeit his featherweight title if he decides not to go back down in weight and unify the belt against interim champion Jose Aldo. Aldo lost his featherweight title to McGregor at UFC 194 in December and was promised a rematch after his UFC 200 win over Frankie Edgar.
"We're definitely not doing this a third time right now," White said. "I don't think there's anybody that doesn't want to see this fight again, but Conor's either going to go defend his title or give his title up and then we'll figure out where to go from there."