There have been questions aplenty regarding what’s next for both winner Nate Diaz and loser Conor McGregor following their UFC 196 main event bout on March 5th. And as it turns out, UFC president Dana White already has something in mind for Diaz.
“This isn’t the fight I’m making, I’m just saying, (Diaz) and Robbie Lawler would make a lot of sense,” Dana said on ESPN following Diaz’s UFC 196 win. “His brother (Nick) beat (Lawler). Robbie’s now the world champion and Nate became very, very popular tonight.”
UFC welterweight champ Lawler was beaten by Nate’s older brother via KO back at UFC 47 just under 12 years ago. With Nate having looked extremely impressive in winning at 170lb – albeit against 145lb champ McGregor – there is now a strong argument to be made in Nate’s favor for challenging the champion of that weight class and attempting to replicate Nick’s achievement.
“We’ll see what happens with Nate, but listen, for me to try to predict what one of the Diaz brothers is going to do… Who knows,” said Dana.
McGregor, meanwhile, is expected to return to featherweight where he will defend his belt against either top contender Frankie Edgar or former champ Jose Aldo in a rematch of their UFC 194 meeting.