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Earlier this week, Diego Sanchez said he was interested in facing Conor McGregor prior to his eventual retirement.

Well, not only does McGregor agree to the fight, it turns out he’s wanted to meet Sanchez in the Octagon for quite some time. In fact, he asked UFC president Dana White to book the contest just a few weeks after he finished Donald Cerrone in January.

The Irishman shared some direct messages between himself and White that took place in February of this year, where he repeatedly asked the UFC boss to find a fight for him to continue his 2020 ‘season’.

“To Diego Sanchez… I seen your recent comments about your final bout and I am in!” McGregor wrote. “After you fought Pereira, I had requested for myself and you to compete in Dublin. This was back in February when I was working on opposition for my season, pre covid. Good luck this weekend!

“3 weeks post my last record breaking event, I was campaigning for another blockbuster McGregor event to take place. Sad about my season I must say. … I was pushing hard for the season. Multiple opponents, multiple dates offered throughout. All to take place back to back. Then when covid hit and the talk was that I would have to wait for crowds again, I walked away from the situation. I was waiting long enough at that stage.”