Irish superstar Conor McGregor took aim at one of his biggest rivals in MMA, Nate Diaz. On Saturday, “Notorious” shared an image on his Instagram Story of himself and Diaz fighting during UFC 202 in August 2016, writing “Big Long B******.”
A screenshot of McGregor’s verbal jab can be seen below:
The image was from a GIF shared by the Instagram account @mcgregor_rolex, showing Notorious avoid a left hook by Diaz. The original GIF can be seen below:
UFC 202 featured the highly anticipated rematch between Diaz and McGregor. The fighters competed five months prior at UFC 196 and Diaz earned the upset victory by second-round rear-naked choke.
On August 20, 2016, they stepped inside the Octagon once again and fought in a bloody back-and-forth war that went to the scorecards. As history has it, Notorious won the clash by majority decision.
Four years later and fans have still not witnessed the trilogy bout. Both fighters have expressed interest at different times for the fight, however it has not come to fruition. Notorious is currently retired from MMA and Diaz has been linked to a rematch with Jorge Masvidal for his next fight.
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Masvidal vs. Diaz 2 May Happen in January 2021
Earlier this week, TMZ broke the news that the UFC is currently speaking with Diaz and No. 3 ranked welterweight Jorge Masvidal for a rematch. The two fighters competed in November 2019 for the “Baddest Motherf*****” belt and “Gamebred” defeated Diaz by doctor’s stoppage due to a cut.
The UFC is looking to run the fight back with the two MMA superstars. According to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, “all parties are interested” and the bout it being discussed for the pay-per-view card in January 2021.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 1, 2020
McGregor Is Currently Retired From MMA, However Many Believe He Will Return
In June, Notorious announced that he was retiring from mixed martial arts. The announcement came five months after McGregor ended his fighting hiatus and defeated Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246 in January.
McGregor had hopes of competing three times in 2020, but due to COVID-19, his plans were derailed. Although he says he’s retired, many believe Notorious will glove up again and he has been active on social media drumming up fight speculation.
On August 20, four years after defeating Diaz at UFC 202, Notorious shared a tribute post. McGregor wrote via Instagram: “4 years ago today! Backstage waiting to go out for one of the biggest bouts of my fighting life! McGregor/Diaz II. Wow! Maybe there is more…”
Notorious is still a part of the official UFC rankings. He currently sits at No. 4 in the lightweight division and No. 11 in the male pound-for-pound rankings.