Oddsmaker favors Nate Diaz trilogy for Conor McGregor's next fight

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With talk cooling of an immediate rematch between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor, another name has jumped to the front of the line for the former two-division champ.

McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) is heavily favored to face Nate Diaz(19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) in his next fight, according to odds released today by OddsShark. A trilogy carries a +150 line for the Irish star.

In close second to Diaz is Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), who was recently favored by UFC President Dana White as the next challenger to UFC lightweight champ Nurmagomedov’s (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) belt.

Below is the full list of betting lines. Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) is a late addition after being forced to withdraw from a fight with Diaz at next month’s UFC 230.

Nurmagomedov’s win over McGregor at UFC 229 offered a fleeting moment of certainty in the lightweight division until he leapt over the fence and initiated a brawl with McGregor teammate Dillon Danis. The resulting melee brought a wave of bad press and potential fallout from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event. But it also prompted speculation of a rematch between the bitter rivals.

UFC President Dana White initially demurred at questions about a second fight, preferring to let the commission decide the fighters’ punishment first. But recently, he indicated he preferred a showdown between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson, who’ve been booked to fight on four occasions only to see them canceled.

Nurmagomedov, meanwhile, has muddied the waters by threatening to leave the UFC if the promotion punishes his teammate for his role in the brawl. He’s also flaunted a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, who played along on social media.

Diaz has long coveted a rematch..

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