Nate Diaz is expected to be ringside for Conor McGregor’s trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier, set to take place this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
According to UFC president Dana White, the event will play host to some of the US’ biggest celebrities. Alongside Diaz, Donald Trump, Justin Bieber, comedian Dave Chappelle, NBA star Kevin Durant, actor Mel Gibson, and Kourtney Kardashian are all expected to attend.
While many of those celebrities are simply attending to watch the fights, it seems Diaz is hoping that an appearance at the biggest UFC event of the year may reignite the rivalry between him and McGregor, and will even pave the way for a third bout between the pair.
In a recent interview with the Sun, Chris Avila, a training partner of Diaz, claimed the entire Diaz fight team were heading to the event.
"We'll see what happens with that fight.
"We might pull up to the scene in Las Vegas. Yeah, we'll probably head out and check that out.
"I'm interested in how that goes down, it should be a good fight."
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Diaz most recently faced Birmingham’s Leon Edwards last month and despite losing the contest, the Stockton native dazzled fans by nearly knocking out the Brit in the final moments of the fifth round.
Following the performance, Diaz’s star has only risen more and the UFC veteran, who boasts a record of 21-13, is interested in booking the final chapter of his rivalry with McGregor according to Avila.
“It's possible, there was supposed to be a trilogy a while back and it never happened, so who knows where that will go.
"But I'm sure that's a fight for Nate and Conor, the Dustin thing I'm not too sure about, I think Dustin killed that.
"We'll see what happens next, but Nate and Conor should have a trilogy, sometime soon."
Cesar Gracie, head coach of the Diaz brothers, was also recently asked about a potential clash with McGregor and confirmed that a trilogy bout with the Irishman is the only fight they’re interested in.
“I would think the trilogy versus [Conor] McGregor [is next]. I know that Nate wants tough fights. He is motivated by fighting the best guys.”
UFC 264 takes place on July 10 at the T-Mobile Arena in Nevada and is shaping up to be a brilliant night of fights.
Alongside McGregor vs. Poirier III, a welterweight clash between Gilbert Burns and Stephen Wonderboy Thompson is slated to feature in the co-main event slot.
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