McGregor was awarded the victory by a hair in a slim 48-47, 47-47, 48-47 decision.
"I'm not doing s-t until we go round three", he said.
The two bloodied warriors have the utmost respect for each other and it is only a matter of time before they square off for a third time. UFC president Dana White has made it clear that McGregor must put his belt on the line against Aldo, or forfeit the title. "I'm in a handsome, attractive position right now", McGregor said. "I don't think there's anybody that doesn't want to see this fight again, but Conor's either going to go defend his title or give his title up and then we'll figure out where to go from there".
One can not deny that McGregor was a better fighter this time around.
By all accounts the Main Event of UFC 202 late Saturday night was a match for the ages.
"I stayed calm with it and bounced shots off the shoulders", he said. "Like my coach says, 'You either win or you learn, ' and I learned from the last contest".
McGregor might want to defend his 145-pound title against Jose Aldo, who got beat by McGregor past year. The current UFC Featherweight Champion is someone who never backs down from a fight.
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Diaz explained: "A couple of times I felt he was done, you know, and I didn't finish it off".
It was thoroughly entertaining bout - and remarkably close on the scorecards - but like the first two bouts, McGregor is again the favorite.
As for Diaz's next move, White isn't sure what's in store for Mr. 209 at this point in time. You see me chasing him around, pointing at him, saying 'Where you going?' "They're gonna get me out where they can, but it's all good though...." Let's do the trilogy but on my terms. Will Diaz be able to weather the early storm, as he has in these two welterweight bouts?
After a defensive first round, McGregor dropped Diaz with a kick and soon had him back on the canvas with a big shot.
"I came here to fight". After all, the head-to-head match up is tied 1-1 and the rubber match would be satisfy everyone - the fans and the money brought in by UFC would be off the charts.
The discussions of a potential fight first began when Mayweather himself challenged McGregor to a fall fight.
McGregor-Diaz 3 will be one of the most anticipated rematches in recent memory.