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Prior to that announcement, Nate Diaz and
Poirier proposed that their scheduled matchup could serve as
the main event for the Madison Square Garden card with a
newly-created 165-pound belt on the line, but UFC President Dana
White shot down that notion.
McGregor, with his blockbuster fight with Khabib
Nurmagomedov just days away, weighed in on the UFC 230
controversy and the possibility of more weight classes within the
Las Vegas-based promotion.
“I think Diaz-Poirier should be main event personally,” McGregor
said on UFC Tonight. “But it’s great for the women, it gives them
more opportunity. If it’s the belt that they are doing this for,
then why not add more divisions?”
McGregor and Diaz have a history in the Octagon. Diaz handed
McGregor his only defeat within the promotion at UFC 196, and the
Irishman avenged that loss at UFC 202. After UFC 229, McGregor
believes that he and Diaz still have unfinished business.
“I’ve got that trilogy with Diaz,” he said. “I will give that man
that rematch. He gave me a rematch. I’ll give him a rematch.”
While their first two fights were contested at 170 pounds, McGregor
is open to some different possibilities when it comes to a trilogy
bout — though lightweight seems most likely.
“[It would be at] 155 I’d imagine,” McGregor said. “We’ll see
because maybe we could spearhead a 165-pound division. I do believe
we should go 145, 155, 165, 175, 185…even 195. So why not? They’re
stripping people left and right. I only walked out of the cage,
they didn’t even offer me a fight and I was getting stripped… Stick
in more weight divisions, more champions, why not? If that’s what
you’re doing anyway.
“I believe maybe me and Diaz could do the trilogy at 165. Who
knows? As of now it’ll be a 155er.”