UFC legend Brad Pickett has chosen a left-field pick for who he thinks Conor McGregor should face when he returns to the Octagon. Pickett believes a fight with Tony Ferguson would be the perfect fit for ‘Notorious’ both in terms of style and name value, however, Nate Diaz has claimed Dana White wants to make their trilogy fight.
McGregor is expected to return to competition in February or March next year after breaking his leg against Dustin Poirier last July. There have been many names rumored to face him including Michael Chandler, Charles Oliveira and even Henry Cejudo, but Diaz recently revealed to The MMA Hour that the UFC wants him to fight McGregor for a third time next.
He said: “They don’t want to let me go. They won’t let me out of this contract because they want me to fight Conor. That’s what’s happening. They don’t want me out without finishing that fight up. I I’m not fighting Conor McGregor right now. Our timelines aren’t matching up.
“You didn’t fight me when you were supposed to fight me. I’m not fighting you right now. I’m supposed to bring you back to life before I go? You bring yourself back to life and then I’ll be back later. I’ve got s*** to do.”
“To be honest with anyone, he’s a fun guy to watch fight, he’s really good at selling the fights. You never know who will be around when he comes back,” Pickett told Express Sport.
“This sport is so unforgiving, there could be a crazy rise of someone and there could be some dramatic fall of someone else. A good fight would be maybe Tony Ferguson, that would be a good fight for him someone that’s been there, done that. A lot of talk. That’s someone I think he matches up with stylistically and is still also a big name.”