So now Nate Diaz wants in on this renewed Khabib vs. Conor McGregor beef?

Nate Diaz hasn’t fought in nearly two and a half years, but he always finds a way to stay in the conversation.

After former lightweight champion Conor McGregor took a jab at current titleholder Khabib Nurmagomedov late this past week, and Nurmagomedov slapped back with a fairly convincing burn, Diaz today threw himself into the fray.

Call it menage-a-trois, Diaz style.

Diaz took aim at Nurmagomedov with a Twitter post early this morning, saying he slapped the champion in the head – and Nurmagomedov failed to offer an in-person response. Naturally, he did it with all the well-spoken wit of a true Diaz post on social media:

“I slapped you in your head you and your team didn’t do shit …,” Diaz posted. “Live with that ur all pussies”

The “live with that” portion was used to mock Nurmagomedov’s Saturday response to McGregor, in which he posted a GIF of him choking McGregor out at UFC 229 and said: “You will live with this shame all your life, bi… #tapmachine #mactaper”

McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) late Friday took aim at Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA, 11-0 UFC) on social media by calling him a “broke b—h,” and lumped him in with another rival of his, boxer Paulie Malinaggi.

McGregor tapped to a fourth-round rear-naked choke in a title fight against Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 this past October. After the fight, Nurmagomedov jumped the cage and went after McGregor teammate Dillon Danis. The ensuing brawl at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas still is under the eye of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which is likely to hand down suspensions to both fighters.

Diaz last fought in August 2016 in a welterweight rematch with McGregor at UFC 202. McGregor won by majority decision to avenge a loss from UFC 196 earlier that year. In that bout, Diaz stepped in on short notice and submitted McGregor with a second-round rear-naked choke.

Diaz was scheduled to return to action at UFC 230 this past November after what would’ve been 26 months away. But Dustin Poirier was injured and pulled out of their fight at Madison Square Garden, which was booked even though Diaz repeatedly said he wasn’t going to fight.

The Diaz-McGregor rivalry seems to take a backseat only to the McGregor-Nurmagomedov rivalry that started in 2018.

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