In his latest interview, Dana White might have said just too much about McGregor vs. Diaz 3…
When Conor McGregor took on Nate Diaz on short notice at UFC 196, few expected the eventual outcome. Outside of Diaz’s camp and his hardcore fans, most predicted a whitewash for McGregor.
After the octagon door closed in Las Vegas, a thrilling and unexpected finish occurred. Submitting McGregor after wobbling him in the second round, Nate Diaz fired himself in to MMA superstar status.
Diaz vs. McGregor 2
Then came the inevitable rematch, as Nate Diaz claimed the UFC was ‘trying to get him out of there.’ Eventually winning a very narrow decision over Diaz at UFC 202, McGregor went on to fight and defeat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title.
Diaz was denied his immediate rematch, somewhat fulfilling his prediction about the UFC trying to erase their first fight. Now that McGregor is actually fighting in Diaz’s normal weight class, UFC president Dana White is doing everything he can to avoid that trilogy bout.
Only thing is, he kinda went too far in his latest interview. Essentially saying Diaz was ‘too big’ to fight McGregor, White has really put his foot in it this time. From his appearance on the Michael Kay Show:
“The problem with the rubber match is Diaz is a 170 pounder. He’s a massive guy. Conor is a very talented guy, he’s very, very good. Every time he goes out there he looks better… [But] we should have never done it in the first place. That’s what weight classes are for. They wanted to do it, we did it. They wanted to do it again, we did it again. They’re 1-1. There’s only so many of those wars you can be in your career.”
“It takes a lot out of you. Some guys go into wars like that and they’re never the same after it. Look at Meldrick Taylor when he fought Julio Cesar Chavez. He was never the same after that fight. We’ve had those type of fights too. I believe that Rory MacDonald was never the same after the Robbie Lawler fight. That fight ruined him. I don’t want to do that to someone special like Conor McGregor. It’s just not right.”
Continue reading below for the many reasons that White’s comments are simply BS…
Nate Is Not ‘Huge’ or Welterweight
During his 30-fight MMA career, 33 if you count his Ultimate Fighter bouts, Nate Diaz has fought six times as a welterweight, and 27 times as a lightweight. To say he is ‘huge’ and a welterweight is simply ridiculous.
Further to that, he is currently ranked number five at lightweight. Another point to pick out from White’s comments are about ‘not making McGregor have another war’ because he is ‘too special.’
Essentially admitting to protecting McGregor, White didn’t pay the same courtesy to guys like BJ Penn (vs. Edgar), JDS (vs. Velasquez where he nearly died) or countless other UFC stars who fought in brutal trilogies.