Conor McGregor beat Nate Diaz in a bloody battle, but everybody wants a third match


UFC featherweight Conor McGregor has beaten Nate Diaz by majority decision to avenge his UFC 196 defeat.

The Irishman was shocked by Californian Diaz's second-round rear-naked choke in their welterweight bout in March, and ever since he has sworn revenge, with the rivals resorting to throwing water bottles at each other during a pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas this week.

Diaz and McGregor face-off at a press conference (L.E. Baskow/AP)

McGregor made sure he was only throwing punches and kicks when the pair reunited in the Octagon on Saturday night and as both men remained standing following five hard-fought, bloody rounds, the judges had the final say, scoring the bout 48-47 47-47 48-47 in the Dublin fighter's favour.

Both competitors expressed their preference for a final match to decide an overall winner.

Nate Diaz on the floor as Cono McGregor stands over him (Isaac Brekken/AP)

"All I know is that it's 1-1," McGregor told BT Sport. "Let's regroup and do it again!

"This time I want to do it at 155 pounds, I came in at 170 with him as the bigger man and I overcame that adversity.

"Now this trilogy is on my terms, come back down to 155 and we'll do it."

Diaz - the 31-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist - echoed McGregor's demands for a second rematch. He said: "Hey, good job today, Conor, but we're going for three. For real. Until then I ain't coming back."

It's not just McGregor and Diaz who want another face-off. Fans took to Twitter to beg for more after a close second bout.

But where to hold such a hotly anticipated fight?