UFC: How about Conor McGregor and Nick Diaz?

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The UFC world has been buzzing since the news broke that Nick Diaz (26-9, 2 NC) would be making his return. There have already been several fighters who have volunteered to welcome Diaz back including Leon Edwards.

Diaz is said to have just completed a test camp to get his body back to the welterweight limit. He looked good and felt really good after the camp. Now, he’s preparing for a UFC return in early 2021. So who should he fight?

Outside of the all the hands that have gone up, there is one name that nobody has mentioned yet that could be very interesting. The biggest star in the UFC and rival to Diaz’s younger brother Nate. How about Nick Diaz taking on The Notorious Conor McGregor (22-4)?

A new UFC rivalry?

As you can see from the above tweet, McGregor seemingly called Diaz out. However, this is not something new from the UFC‘s former two division champion. He often calls out many people on Twitter with no real intention on fighting them.

However, maybe this one with Nick Diaz could be different. Both men are in a very interesting spot in their career. Back in January at UFC 246, McGregor starched Donald Cerrone in the first round, but due to the pandemic, he hasn’t fought since.

After the win, McGregor really wanted a UFC title fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, after Justin Gaethje became interim lightweight champion, Gaethje was given the shot. Despite retiring, McGregor has continued to tease that he’s wanted to fight.

We haven’t seen Nick Diaz inside the UFC in almost six years. The bad boy from Stockton has teased a comeback for many years, but nothing ever materialized with the UFC. He’s looking for a big fight in his return, and it doesn’t get much bigger.

The storyline is already there given McGregor’s rivalry with the Diaz camp. It would be an interesting matchup given the skillsets and there would be a ton of question marks around the way Diaz would look. I for one would be interested in tuning into that fight.