It Was Planned
Conor McGregor appeared to score three perfectly timed knockdowns at UFC 202. According to former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, Nate Diaz told him that wasn’t the case. Diaz claims he flopped to the canvas on purpose to try and initiate a grappling exchange.
This very gameplan worked for Fabricio Werdum against Fedor Emelianenko. Was Diaz trying to emulate that performance? Check out the comments as per BloodyElbow.com:
Diaz Says He Planned Knockdowns
“I saw Nate at the grocery store randomly, he said he was falling on purpose to dupe Conor. He says ‘I know the first three rounds, he’s so fast and he will be tough, so when he hit me, the plan was to fall down to get him to follow me down.’ He says ‘I couldn’t take him down, so the plan was to get me follow me down there.’”
“That’s a risky game plan, but that’s from the horse’s mouth,” Schaub said.
“Is that one of those ‘I meant to do that’ things?” Rogan replied with a laugh.
“I don’t know. I don’t know Nate Diaz enough to be like ‘are you serious?’”