Conor McGregor has broken his silence on Nate Diaz’s stunning comeback win, congratulating his great UFC rival while teasing fight fans about the prospect of a trilogy bout.
McGregor was quiet in the immediate aftermath to Diaz’s latest bout, having made headlines due to a video that allegedly showed him punching an elderly man at a bar in Dublin.
The Irishman’s delay in noting rival Nate Diaz’s return and call for his next opponent had a motive.
Diaz made his long-awaited return at UFC 241 with a unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis.
Afterwards, Diaz called out Jorge Masvidal to take on in defence of the title.
Fans were expecting it to be McGregor, which would set up a mouthwatering third fight between the pair.
Diaz won in a second-round submission on March 5, 2016 and McGregor won via an epic five-round decision on August 20, 2016.
The loss to the Irishman was Diaz’s last fight until Pettis.
McGregor stayed mum about Diaz’s return on social media, with his only action being a retweet of Dillon Danis stating: “Makes you think just how good is Conor McGregor.”
McGregor teases fight fans in classy Diaz tribute
The Irishman has now broken his silence on the three-year anniversary of their last fight, admitting he’d be prepared to go again if Diaz was interested in completing the trilogy.
“I don’t blame you not mentioning me for the trilogy bout post fight, you know what I’m like when I get going. Vicious," McGregor posted on Instagram.
"I loved the round 3 style from round 1 that you implemented. It’s what I was hoping you would implement for this bout and I was glad to see you do it.
“I’ll be prepared for it when we go again. If we go again. If not, respect always. A war for the ages.”
McGregor said it was “motivating" to see the Diaz performance for his "own comeback.”
The Irish fighter last fought in October of 2018, against Khabib Nurmagomedov and has courted plenty of legal problems since.
Most recently he was captured on surveillance camera footage punching an old man at an Irish bar during a dispute over whiskey.
With Yahoo Sports US