- Jake Shields opened up about his take on the possibility of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 3
- Shields said Nate has yet to even think about retirement
Jake Shields is convinced Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor III will still happen in the future as the Stockton native doesn’t have any plan to retire.
It’s a no-brainer for all Parties
The Jake Paul vs. Nate Diaz boxing match is just hours away from happening and out of nowhere, McGregor said he is going to push for a trilogy fight with Diaz. Speaking to The Schmo, Nate’s longtime training partner and former UFC fighter Jake Shields shared the same sentiment and pointed out that all parties involved, including the fans are still open to the idea.
“That’s really hard to predict, I know personally those are fights I’m super invested in, having I cornered Nate for both of those fights and helped him train for both the Connor fights and he clearly won the first one, and a lot of people thought he won the second one as well. So, I would love to see a third. I think all the fans — People always come up to me, and they mention that, oh, when are they fighting again? So, it’s constantly mentioned,” Shields said.
“I think that’s the fight everyone wants to see. They have to do a three. It’s a money fight. The thing is Nate’s a superstar. He needs to get paid. So, it’s up to Dana [White] if he’s gonna write the check to make it happen. But I think Nate would jump at it. I think Conor would jump at it. And the fans would love it,” he added. “… Ultimately Dana knows it makes sense, he’s not an idiot, he’s going to write the check.”
Nate isn’t going Anywhere
Diaz has been a professional fighter since 2004. He is now 38 years old but according to Shields, not one bit has changed in the former UFC star’s mindset. Shields said Nate is not limiting himself to just a few more fights but five to seven more.
“I know Nate does want to keep fighting,” Shields revealed. “He was very clear that he loves fighting and he doesn’t want to retire anytime soon… I do [think he’d fight McGregor again] because I think Nate wants multiple more fights. I don’t think he’s looking for one or two more, I think he’s looking for five, six, seven more fights I think he loves fighting it’s like who he is, identity is, his heart.”
Diaz previously admitted that he also fancies a third showdown with McGregor but he is laser-focused on Paul at the moment. As it stands, Diaz and McGregor are 1-1 in MMA. Diaz submitted McGregor at UFC 196 and “Notorious” bounced back in their rematch at UFC 202 by securing a majority decision win.