‘Free Conor,’ Nate Diaz Blunt On Conor McGregor’s UFC Holdout

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Nate Diaz has found common ground with his longtime rival Conor McGregor.

The former UFC foes rarely get along with each other after having fought twice in the Octagon, leaving it one win a piece. However, that would change on St. Patrick’s Day as Diaz related to McGregor’s ongoing situation with the promotion.

Not having fought since July 2021, where he broke his leg against Dustin Poirier, the Irishman’s return to competition has been delayed for long enough. McGregor hasn’t been able to lock in a date for what is likely his next fight against Michael Chandler and frustration is sinking in for ‘The Notorious’ from the 31-month layoff. 

After all the lights and cameras in filming his first movie ‘Road House‘, McGregor hopes to see some real UFC action very soon.

“I was hoping for a December date, then a January date, then it keeps getting pushed back. then I lose interest and stop training for a while,” McGregor told The Mac Life (via MMA Fighting). “Not stop training, I’m always training, but stop full training and [start] drinking a little bit. So, I’m going to go back, regroup, get full tested, and get ready to rock. The date’s going to come and then I’ll be ready to rock.”

Diaz left the UFC in 2022 after completing his contract. In his 15 year-tenure, Diaz’s run in the promotion didn’t come without complications. The Stockton-native believes McGregor is in the same exact boat he once was. 

“This was me for years before Conor even got here, they want u to die before u get out these contracts it’s up to u to make something pop no one gonna help you but you,” Diaz wrote on ‘X’ on Sunday. “Free Conor it’s at pattys day in this b****.”

The former UFC double-champ says he has two fights left on his contract. But, given how difficult it’s been to get one fight booked, who knows if we’ll ever see Conor McGregor actually complete the deal.

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Christopher De Santiago is a 22 year-old journalist out of Texas with years of experience covering MMA. Follow him on X: @chris_dsantiago

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