Former two division UFC champion Conor McGregor has fought Diaz twice before, but Diaz insists that he doesn’t want a trilogy fight with him.
“I was not waiting for him for a second,” Diaz said to Brett Okamoto of ESPN (via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “I outdone the whole game. I’m the top two fighters in whole game right now – three, Jon Jones. Three, you know what I’m saying, and that’s not fighting for three years. I don’t need to fight. I sneeze louder than everyone hears about it. But it’s like, ‘Hold up you guys want me to sit out and vanish?’ that’s what everyone wants.”
Diaz picked up a victory over McGregor at UFC 196, while McGregor picked up the win at UFC 202.
The Stockton native hasn’t competed since UFC 202 and Diaz realizes that he won’t win any potential battles with the UFC brass while sitting on the sidelines.
“I think the part of not fighting, the fight wasn’t with the fighters no more, they’re not on my level,” Diaz said. “The fight was with the whole organization, the whole thing. I’m like, I’m losing this fight if I’m just going to sit here and die off in this little town.”
UFC 241 takes place on Saturday, August 17 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California with Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, with a post-show podcast to follow.