Conor McGregor has admitted his rematch with Nate Diaz was the biggest fight of his career. The former two-division champion locked horns with the Ultimate Fighter season five winner twice in 2016.
Diaz was responsible for handing McGregor the first defeat of his Octagon career, submitting the Irishman in the second round of their UFC 196 clash.
Defeat to Diaz, who took the fight on 11 days’ notice, well and truly shattered McGregor’s air of invincibility and left many wondering if he’d be able to bounce back from the biggest defeat of his career.
The former two-division champion did just that a few months later in the main event of UFC 202, edging a five-round war via majority decision.
McGregor’s second clash with the youngest Diaz brother was replayed on BT Sport on Sunday night, with the fight being the latest in the broadcasters run of classic fights.
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The most important of my life
And in a tweet urging fans to rewatch the classic, Ireland’s first UFC champion admitted the bout was the most seminal moment in his career.
He tweeted: “UFC 202: McGregor Vs Diaz 2 on @btsport now! Incredible fight! The most important of my life.”
Ever since that night at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, MMA fans across the globe have been desperate to see McGregor and Diaz share the cage for third time.
McGregor has on several occasions revealed his willingness to share the Octagon with his rival again.
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And in January, he sent a rubber match message the Stockton native’s way.
“Let’s go Nathan,” McGregor said during the UFC 246 post-fight press conference. “Let’s go brother, number three.
“It’s always here, so we are right here Nathan.”
McGregor, 31, made his long-awaited return to the Octagon in January in the main event of UFC 246, where he locked horns with Donald Cerrone in a welterweight matchup.
The Dubliner demolished the future hall-of-famer in 40 seconds to claim his first victory in over three years and become the first fighter in the promotion’s history to claim victories in the featherweight, lightweight and welterweight divisions.
McGregor, 22-4, is hoping to return to his active ways in 2020, setting his sights on two more outings.
Preliminary talks over summer showdown against the in-form Justin Gaethje have taken place, although it’s understood they’ve not moved past that stage.
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