The UFC is back! Live sports are almost entirely not a thing during this COVID-19 shutdown, but mixed martial arts has stormed back with a bang with Saturday's commencement of UFC 249 in Jacksonville. And while the Octagon action is very real, the verbal wars on the pages of social media are nearly as compelling. Just ask Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, the longtime rivals who have never been known to pass up an opportunity to needle one another. On the pages on Instagram, Nate had a swift, profane response to a positive message Conor previously fired off. Naturally, the Notorious did not hold his tongue.
Yep, that's just about par for the course for these two.
Famously, Diaz defeated McGregor by submission when the two first met in welterweight action at UFC 196 in March 2016, sending shockwaves across the fight game. McGregor managed to edge out his foe in their rematch months later, but the heated nature of their rivalry hasn't cooled down even a little bit in the four years since.
And based on this IG response, it sounds like Conor is intent on a trilogy fight. (As long as Oscar De La Hoya doesn't get in the way.)
That would be a heck of a gift! With or without a live audience in attendance, these two would give us the kind of battle that tales get told about around campfires centuries later. And in these days of the coronavirus, that would be something precious indeed.