Conor McGregor trilogy is the ideal next fight for Nate Diaz says coach

Nate Diaz's coach Cesar Gracie has said that he wants to see the brawler face Conor McGregor one more time in a trilogy fight that would be guaranteed box office for the UFC.

The American returned to the octagon last weekend, losing a dominant five round decision to Leon Edwards at UFC 263 where he was bossed for 24 minutes before almost stopping the Brit with a heavy shot in the final seconds of the bout.

Diaz, who has gone 1-2 over the last three years since his second fight with the Irishman, has been linked with a bout with legendary BJJ black belt Demian Maia, but Gracie favours a third bout with McGregor.

“I would think the trilogy versus [Conor] McGregor [is the best option for his next fight]," Gracie told MMA Fighting after the bout with Edwards.

"I know that Nate wants tough fights. He is motivated by fighting the best guys.”

McGregor has previously welcomed the idea of doing a trilogy with the Stockton, California native, even at one point guaranteeing that the bout would happen.

And earlier this year, he detailed how the pair could fight for the lightweight title, although given their last few results, it may be more likely that we see it at welterweight one more time.

"I'd love to compete against Diaz," McGregor told the MacLife in January, ahead of his second fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.

"We will compete again. If it happens at lightweight for a title, that would be something special, also. There's many great options that are in the works, and let's see what happens. I am ready.

"I think if he's going to come down to 155, he should come down for me, to be honest with you.

"I hear maybe giving him a shot in there, but Nate's a warrior, Nate's a goer – Nate shows up, steps up, and fights.

"It's not necessary, I feel, to have him fight at 155 against another contender.

"I feel maybe it should be me and Nate. If he's going to do 155, we could possibly do that for the belt.

"If not, I'd probably just fight Nate at 170 pounds again. Reason being, we fought at 170 twice. Why mix it up for the trilogy?

"If there's belts and titles and loftier things on the line for certain, a 155-pound challenge with Nate would be something."

However, McGregor has a separate trilogy to worry about at the moment, with a potential lightweight title fight on the line when he faces Poirier for a third time.

He was brutally knocked out in their second bout which took place in Abu Dhabi this January, and faces the Louisiana fighter once again on July 10 at UFC 264 in Las Vegas.

The Irishman won their initial bout in 2014 at UFC 179, which led him to a title eliminator with Denis Siver on the way to dethroning the legendary Jose Aldo and becoming featherweight champion.

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