Coach John Kavanagh would like to see the Irishman take on the Stockton native once more to put an end to the rivalry.
“Nate Diaz is my favorite fight, by the way,” Kavanagh said in an interview with Robin Black. “If I could pick a fight for the next one it would be that trilogy. I realize it’s not the fan-favorite. The fan favorite, without a close second, is the Khabib fight, but for me, it’s the Nate Diaz rematch and I think the Khabib fight is a lot more straight forward.”
Diaz hasn’t competed since the bout at UFC 202, while McGregor would go onto win the UFC Lightweight Title at UFC 205.
Kavanagh would rather see McGregor fight Diaz for a third time than to potentially walk through UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
”For me, he had already lost to him, it’s a bigger guy, Conor’s skill set is shutting people’s consciousness off and he’s impossible – a freaking Homer Simpson head, he just keeps moving forward,” Kavanagh said. “Conor’s bravery in [the fight], I’ve seen Conor fight a lot of people that he’s able to walk through and that’s great, it’s fun and you raise a belt, but it doesn’t it doesn’t really excite me that much, not really. But that fight, if you’d been around him, by the time he’d got backstage [after losing the first Diaz fight], we were watching that night, and then the next morning he was not off the phone until Lorenzo and Dana said that would be his next fight.”
There may not be a third fight between the two, at least until McGregor deals with the legal issues surrounding a bus attack prior to UFC 223.