UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez has called out Conor McGregor and wants to retire against the Irishman.
Veteran ‘The Nightmare’ takes on Jake Matthews in his 42nd MMA fight in the prelims at UFC 253.
Despite being 38 and having over two decades of experience, Sanchez is still as competitive as ever and keen to finish his time in the octagon on a high.
He is currently on a 3-1 run from his last four fights, and ahead of his next challenge, he outlined his ambition to secure some “legend fights” before his contract for Dana White’s UFC expires.
Sanchez (30-12) said: “My goals in these last four fights in the UFC is to finish strong, to finish healthy.
“I shoot for the moon man, I shoot for the moon in everything I do. I’m looking for legend fights.
“I’m not looking past Jake Matthews, but I’m looking for some legend fights.”
And when quizzed on potential opponents, he went for the biggest and most ‘Notorious’ name of all.
Sanchez said: “Nick Diaz is coming back. There’s some other names, Nate Diaz, there’s a lot of big fights that would be appealing for the fans.
“I said I shoot for the moon, Conor McGregor is the number four fight.
“I envision myself dominating these next three fights and finishing my career with a fight with Conor McGregor.
“That’s my dream, that’s my vision. As I build my legacy and his does what his does, I’ll be waiting if he wants to do it at the end of the road.”
McGregor destroyed Donald Cerrone in January on his UFC return but has since announced his retirement.
Despite that, he still remains the biggest figurehead in the sport and president White has recently revealed he believes the mega-star will return to UFC in 2021.
He said: “We’re actually working on some fun stuff for Conor at the beginning of next year.
“He should be back next year.
“I’m not saying he’s coming back to fight guaranteed, but we’re talking right now about some stuff.”