Many thought it was a bad idea the first time around, and the doubters have increased in number. Conors pride and ego seems to be his downfall in this case – he was offered the fight at 155, close to his natural weight, but he opted for 170, which is Nate’s natural weight, and also the division Conor got pounded in. In the meanwhile the world is appalled by the UFC’s decision to allow a rematch when Mac should be defending his belt against deserving contenders like Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo. Instead Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta made an interim title in Conor’s absence for Frankie and Jose to battle over while Conor pursues revenge.
Accommodating the Irishman’s every wish it seems?
This is what Dana White had to say:
“After the fight Lorenzo and I went up to Conor’s house that he was renting here in Las Vegas and starting talking about, ‘What are you thinking? What’s next?’ And he was obsessed with fighting Nate Diaz again,” White said. “Obviously Lorenzo and I tried to argue with him and say, let’s go back down to 45 and defend your title or if you really want the Diaz fight that bad, do it at 55. And he wants to fight at 170. Even his coach tried to get him off this rematch and off the 170-pound fight, but it’s what he wanted.”
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When asked whether the Irishman is getting preference and special treatment he had this to say:
“Conor McGregor is a guy who has had fights fall out seven days before he’s supposed to defend his title, and he steps up and takes on all comers,” White said. “The guy fights anybody, anywhere, anytime. He’s stepped up on late notice and done these things. He wants this Nate Diaz fight; we’ll give it to him. We’ll make Frankie and Jose the interim title. And whoever wins that fight will fight will then fight Conor McGregor for the true 145-pound title.”