Conor McGregor dealt Nate Diaz trilogy blow as rival announces fight plan

Conor McGregor's wait for a trilogy clash with Nate Diaz looks set to rumble on.

The rivals fought twice in 2016 with Diaz choking out McGregor in their first meeting before the Irishman prevailed on points five months later.

Both men have since talked up a rubber match but a deal has yet to be struck.

And after his defeat by Dustin Poirier last month, McGregor named Diaz as one of his favoured opponents for his second fight of the year.

Poirier was also open to a clash with the California maverick – but Diaz has ruled out a return to lightweight.

He tweeted: "NDA (Nick Diaz Army) soldier 170 lbs. Come get you some of the real", indicating he intends to campaign at welterweight.

He then followed up with another tweet directed at Poirier: "These are fighting words tho so f*** a weight class."

Diaz has not fought since he lost to Jorge Masvidal in November 2019 when the fight was stopped by the doctor after Diaz had suffered severe cuts.

Poirier insists he is the uncrowned lightweight champion after Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement last year.

The unbeaten Dagestani has not yet been stripped of his belt and has yet to confirm he is giving it up.

Should he do so, Poirier would be first in line to fight for the vacant belt.

But he admitted a non-title fight with Diaz would also be of interest.

"It is exciting, it is fun," he said. "Those are the kind of fights I want to be part of. Fights that are exciting to me and that I'm motivated to get up and bust my ass every day.

"I think the fans would be in for a great fight if that one happens. Does it make sense in the lightweight division? No. Does it make sense where I am at, standing in the door front of a title shot? No.

"But, it is a fun fight and this is entertainment and this is fighting."

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