The legendary feud between UFC superstars Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz seems to have reached a new stage of respect with “Notorious” praises for his longtime rival ahead of Diaz’s return to the scene. UFC 279 main event on Saturday night.
McGregor vs. Diaz was the rival that helped elevate the Californian to MMA superstar status. Their origin story in 2016 at UFC 196, and then its sequel five months later at UFC 202 were two of the biggest fights in the promotion round of the past decade. They raked in huge amounts of cash with pay-per-view purchases and took the organization to new heights of popularity.
The three-part match is arguably the most anticipated battle in the entire sport. However, there is some doubt about that possibility with Diaz likely to end his UFC career on Saturday. The 37-year-old tennis player has only one match left on his contract and has made no secret of his desire to break free of the shackles to become a UFC fighter. While there’s always a chance he could return to the promotion he’s been in since 2007, it seems highly unlikely. Especially with plans to start promoting its own combat sports, Real Fight Inc.
The American tennis player is only a few hours away from the end of a wild UFC career. A planned bout with rising star Khamzat Chimaev was postponed on Friday after the Russian lost weight, and Diaz will now face former lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in his Swan promo. On Saturday morning, however, the door to a three-way battle between two beloved UFC talents was opened by none other than McGregor.