Conor McGregor hints at Nate Diaz trilogy when he returns to the UFC

Following a historic fight against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night, Conor McGregor isn’t ready to commit to his next move in either boxing or MMA but he definitely has options.

McGregor stated ahead of the fight that he planned to pursue bouts in both sports moving forward although he did ultimately come up short in his matchup with Mayweather where he lost by 10th round TKO.

Immediately afterwards, McGregor wasn’t ready to proclaim his return to the Octagon or the boxing ring, but it certainly appears he’s open to both opportunities.

“This was some buzz to come in and face this man,” McGregor said. “I just enjoyed the whole experience. So I’m just relishing in it for now. I have many options in mixed martial arts. I’m sure there are options now that will present themselves in the boxing game. Right now I’m a free agent. My name is on the ring. McGregor Sports and Entertainment on a boxing ring. I’m very proud of that. I’ll see what’s next but I’m open. I love competing and I love a good fight.

“I’m certainly young, 29 years of age. I don’t think the boxing world or the fighting world has seen a man as confident as this come in at this age and with this amount accolades and this amount of records and this amount of revenue generated. So I’m certainly open to all options.”

Perhaps the top option should McGregor make his return to the UFC is a trilogy with Nate Diaz, who he engaged in one of the most bigger rivalries in the history of the sport during 2016.

Diaz choked out McGregor in their first fight before the Irishman got his revenge a few months later with a majority decision victory.

While there are a list of contenders lining up to welcome McGregor back to the UFC, it seems Diaz might be the name at the top of his personal list.

“I have certainly many contenders in the mixed martial arts game. I have a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz that is sitting there,” McGregor said. “I have options. I’m here to fight.”

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Damon Martin is a veteran mixed martial arts journalist who has been covering the industry since 2003 with bylines on FOX Sports, CNN, Bleacher Report and numerous other outlets.