CONOR McGREGOR called for a Nate Diaz trilogy fight for the UFC lightweight title as he plans to ‘tear through the division’.
The rivals had a pair of thrillers up at welterweight in 2016, leaving them tied at one apiece.
Conor McGregor has called for a Nate Diaz trilogy Credit: Instagram @thenotoriousmma
Nate Diaz is in line for a return to lightweight
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After his rematch win, McGregor moved up to lightweight, winning the title, before then losing his boxing debut to Floyd Mayweather in 2017.
All while Diaz took a three year hiatus before returning to win against Anthony Pettis but then lost to Jorge Masvidal, all at 170lb.
UFC president Dana White is now preparing to bring the veteran back down to lightweight, and McGregor would welcome their decider at 155lb.
He told The Mac Life: “I hear Dana talking on The Mac Life interview also was Nate Diaz coming back down to lightweight.
“I love that. I’d love to compete against Diaz. We will compete again.
“If that happens at lightweight, you know, for a title that would be something special also.
“So, there’s many great options that are in the works and let’s see what happens. I am ready.”
If a deal cannot be agreed to fight at lightweight, McGregor is equally open to finishing his series with Diaz under the same circumstances as before.
He said: “If it’s going to be 155 we could possibly do that for the belt. If not, I’d probably just fight Nate at 170 pounds again.
“The reason being we fought at 170 twice. Why mix it up for the trilogy?
“But, if there’s belts and titles and loftier things on the line, I’m certain a 155-pound challenge with Nate would be something.”
McGregor, 32, has fought only twice at lightweight in the UFC, winning the belt against Eddie Alvarez before vacating it and failing in an attempt to win it back against Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018.
But he will return to his old weight for his return, as he rematches Dustin Poirier, 31, who he beat in 2014, in the UFC 257 headliner on Fight Island.
The Irishman is hoping it will kickstart a lengthy dominance at lightweight, with his previous reign short lived.
McGregor explained: “I would like to put a stint in at 155 pounds, for sure. I came into the UFC as a featherweight and I went through the division.
Nate Diaz beat Conor McGregor in an upset in 2016Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Conor McGregor won his rematch with Nate Diaz Credit: Getty Images – Getty
The UFC rivals are tied at one apiece Credit: Getty Images – Getty
“I gave it my all in that division and I tore through it like a chainsaw through butter.Interim title, then unified title.
“Then, I went up and reached for greater heights, went to the lightweight division, became lightweight champion and became the first dual-weight champion in the company’s history.
“And then, obviously, other things presented themselves regarding the Floyd fight and everything went where it went.
“I never really got a good stint — and then I went to the welterweight division also.
“I never got a good stint at 155 pounds, a consecutive stint like I’ve done in the featherweight division.
“I’d like to do the same here in the lightweight division that I’ve done in the featherweight division.Give it a good run and tear through the division.
“There’s many good competitors, good fighters in there and I feel levels above them all. So, I would like to put that stint in.”