The aftermath of UFC 202, McGregor vs. Diaz 2, has been two very different tales for the two superstars involved. Conor went on to embarrass Eddie Alvarez and become Lightweight Champ, and the first fighter to ever hold two belts simultaneously, and is now expected to face Floyd Mayweather in possibly the biggest Combat Sports PPV event ever. Nate, however, has been somewhat MIA, and openly stated that he declined the first fight offer Dana proposed to him (the one he laughed at), and the question remains what is next for Nate?
We all know Nate wanted the trilogy to be completed right away, and said that he and Conor should not accept any other fights until it is finished - but Conor had a lot of unfinished business within the rest of the UFC organization, and the Trilogy just didn't, and still doesn't make sense for Conor. But, he has said time and time again, it will happen. The ideal situation for both fighters is, Conor and Floyd fight, and Conor then will completely and officially come back to the UFC, once and for all, and defend that 155-pound strap sometime late in 2017. And his opponent? I think the move to make, if Tony vs. Khabib is truly off the table and Khabib is sent to exile in the Lightweight Title picture, then Nate and Tony should fight this summer for the #1 contender spot for Conor's belt. This is a win-win for everyone involved, because Nate and Tony both will have to opportunity to assert themselves, and rightfully so, as the clear top challenger for the belt, in a fight that has all the potential in the world to be an instant classic. On top of that, Conor can either get the trilogy fight with Nate, with even higher stakes, or he can take on a challenger in Tony Ferguson who has long questioned Conor's legitimacy as a champion.
As far as Dana and Nate go, the two of them need to sit down and figure something out because Dana continuously running his mouth to the media is not the right move, especially with the Diaz brothers. The Diaz brothers are both currently sitting on the sidelines, and are both absolutely two of the biggest fan favorites and PPV draws in the UFC, so Dana needs to get them each a fight, no if's, and's, or but's.
The UFC needs to get Nate vs. Tony/Khabib/Barboza done and added to a big card this summer, and ideally, get Nick on there too against any number of opponents, like Robbie Lawler, Carlos Condit, or even Cowboy Cerrone.
Get it done Dana. I don't care how, or when, or where, or who, just get these boys back into the game. You'll never win in the public eyes, because the Diaz brothers are loved by just about everyone. #Stockton209