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On Wednesday it was announced that Diaz will be facing Leon Edwards in the co-main event of UFC 262 in May, in the first five round fight in a non-title co-main event.
Diaz is most famous with his pair of fights with McGregor nearly five years ago, though his reputation is obviously built on far more than that, with the 35-year-old handing the Irishman his first UFC loss in their first meeting.
That meeting came at very late notice for Diaz, after the Notorious' original opponent Rafael dos Anjos was injured 11 days before the fight.
Dana White said the Stockton native was in fighting form because he was training for a marathon. Diaz quickly denied that claim by taking to social media to claim he was on a yacht with friends.
Whilst the two rivals have had plenty of back and forth over their two fights, and years after, since the post about the yacht, it's rarely, if ever, been brought up.
However McGregor has taken the announcement of Diaz's fight as a perfect opportunity to bring up the yacht by claiming that the former UFC lightweight title contender wasn't even on a yacht.
The Irishman took to social media to say that it wasn't in fact a yacht but simply a boat, because obviously that matters.
What yacht was nate on in Cabo that time ?- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 31, 2021
You can't just go around calling regular boats, yachts.- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 31, 2021
The rhetoric spread around in this business is disgraceful at times. "Nate was partying on a yacht in Cabo"
I demand to see this "yacht"
He was fighting for 20k at that exact time. 20k show. 20k win was his exact purse.
"He was partying on a yacht in Cabo" pic.twitter.com/XcmV4HSG9b- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 31, 2021
You be partied under the table as well ya fat skinny tick pic.twitter.com/aTnsYxaekP- Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) March 31, 2021
Of course there was no way Diaz was going to stay quiet after the, frankly bizarre, Twitter rant of his rival, and he responded on Twitter.
Who went up two weight classes in half a day notice no hesitation and not promotion about it just did it cause I ain't no bitch how's that Conor fuck u- Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) March 31, 2021
Whatever u think u did already been done by a real G
Try not to get finished agaaaain pic.twitter.com/eA5zK7Ffp3
Diaz did stop McGregor in that first fight, despite his time at sea and just 11 days notice before the fight, before the former two weight champion got revenge in their second meeting.
There has been plenty of talk in the time since of a potential trilogy fight, which would undoubtedly make both men plenty of money.
Instead Diaz is hoping to get himself in the fray for a shot at the welterweight title, should he beat Edwards, whilst McGregor is expected to take on Dustin Poirier in July, in another trilogy fight.
All this animosity on social media only makes McGregor vs Diaz III all the most exciting, if it does eventually happen.
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