McGregor and Diaz are willing to make the trilogy happen.
A few hours before Nate Diaz will make his much-anticipated Octagon return in the UFC 279 headliner, long-term rival Conor McGregor shared a message for the Stockton gangster. "Notorious" first congratulated Diaz, then stated that he was willing to fight him for the third time.
"Congrats Nate Diaz on making it to the end of his contractual obligations with the UFC, and as a bonafide superstar goer. An incredible feat. Fair play. Our trilogy will happen."
McGregor's unexpected message comes a few days after Diaz said he's willing to clash in a rubber match in an exclusive interview with InsideFighting.
“For sure, at some point,” Diaz said when asked about the trilogy fight. “He needs to get back on what he’s got to do. Whatever that is, it’s like, when we match up, we’re going to match up. We ain’t going nowhere.”
The former UFC two-division titleholder also expressed his thoughts on what happened during the UFC 279 weigh-ins.
"My opinion they should have pulled Khamzat from the card entirely. Reconfiguring bouts, and with a more favorable bout for the failed cutter, will only make many others in the game follow suit. The smirks on the scale where enough for me. Pull from the card and starve. McG UFC."
The rivalry between McGregor (22-6) and Diaz (20-13) started in March 2016, when the Stockton bad boy forced the Irishman to tap to a rear-naked choke in the second frame of the UFC 196 main event. McGregor insisted on a rematch with Diaz, which went down in August that year. On that occasion, "Notorious" took home a majority decision. Over the years, fans hoped to see the pair collide again, but McGregor went on to win the 155-pound championship from Eddie Alvarez before dedicating himself to the boxing clash with Floyd Mayweather, and there was no right occasion to make it happen.
The chances of seeing the Diaz-McGregor trilogy going down in the near future are very low since McGregor is now focusing on his acting career. However, never say never in MMA.