Diaz, in his last fight before leaving the promotion, knocked out Ferguson in a revamped UFC 279 main event. Diaz is expected to explore boxing opportunities when his UFC contract expires later this year.
McGregor faced boxing great Floyd Mayweather in 2017, losing by 10th-round technical knockout, before returning to the UFC where he has since lost three of four fights.
“All I know is a love-hate relationship with me and the UFC ever since I’ve been in this organization, but at the end of the day, I love the UFC,” Diaz told AFP. interior of the octagon.
“Thank you to Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and Hunter Campbell for giving me the opportunities and the platform all this time, for everyone and for myself.
“I want to get out of the UFC for a minute and show all these UFC fighters how to take control and own another sport the way you’re supposed to. Because Conor McGregor didn’t know how to do it. None of these other fighters know how to do it.
“So I’m going to go over there and I’m going to take up another profession and become the best at it. Show everyone that I’m the best at it and then I’m going to be right the f — back here for get a fucking UFC title. The best title in the world.
McGregor was unimpressed, quickly hitting back on Twitter demanding he “respect the king”.
He posted: “Ah come on bro, I absolutely stink. And with so much quality.
“This has never been seen before what I do man. Please you’re nothing without me [sic]. Respect, please. I would slap you handily. And Tony easy. I would have sawed Tony in half. 2 ham balls.
“Respect the king.”