UFC president Dana White has revealed serious doubts as to whether Conor McGregor will fight Nate Diaz in his next bout.
The Irishman was due to go toe-to-toe with the Californian at UFC 200 in July, but a high profile dispute over promotional duties led to the fight being removed from the card.
McGregor’s war of words with the UFC cooled, but Dana White admitted talks with Diaz did not run smoothly.
Now the UFC supremo has conceded other options for ‘The Notorious’ are being considered.
As reported by MMA Fighting, White said in an interview with Fox Sports:
It’s just madness. It’s just been tough. It’s been a tough go-through, so we’re looking at another fight for Conor right now and we’ll see how this thing comes together. But Conor is just so obsessed with Diaz at 170, it’s been crazy.
The reality is that since that Conor McGregor fight — obviously when you win a fight of that magnitude, it has definitely rubbed off on Nate. People do want to see Nate fight. People do want to see this fight again, and I’m one of those guys who, I want to make the fight that people want to see, and I believe people do want to see this fight.
But, people do want to see Conor McGregor vs. Frankie Edgar or Jose Aldo again too. I’m sure they would want to see him fight Rafael dos Anjos at 155 for that title, so there’s a lot of fights out there for Conor, if we can’t get this Nate fight done.
Aldo and Edgar will fight for the interim featherweight belt with the victor all but guaranteed to face McGregor for the undisputed title, unless the Irishman vacates his belt.
So there are no shortage of options for the promotion, but if McGregor doesn’t fight Diaz next there may be at least another month’s wait to see how Edgar, Aldo, and RDA come through the UFC 200 fight week in July.
And it certainly doesn’t sound like the UFC are taking a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather seriously, despite complications with Diaz.
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