Nate Diaz made his name at UFC 196, after years of toil at the lower end of the promotion’s pay scale. When he was drafted in to face Conor McGregor on 11 days notice this past March 5, few gave Diaz a credible chance of defeating the Irish superstar.
But defeat was on the cards for ‘The Notorious’ that night, as he faced unfamiliar territory as a welterweight. The taller and rangier Diaz was able to pick apart McGregor’s defense, and by the second round had wobbled the featherweight champion a number of times.
In the younger Diaz brother at UFC 196, an unlikely hero was born. Before you check out his response to the excuses being made for Conor McGregor after their fight, watch this video of Nate Diaz’s best moments:
Here’ Diaz’s reaction to the latest wave of excuses coming from many Conor McGregor fans:
“I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f— out of this position,” Diaz told ESPN.com. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. Sorry. I feel like a lot of people are coming at me now. I see them making a lot of excuses for him, and I think it’s kind of ridiculous.”
“I don’t think it’s just the UFC. It’s everybody. People are saying, ‘Oh, [McGregor] is great, he’s accepted the loss so well.’ If I would have lost, people would be saying, ‘piece of s— shouldn’t have accepted the fight.’ I don’t mean to be bitter, but there are a lot of excuses being made for this guy. He’s talking about winning the first round. There are five rounds in a fight. Who gives a s— if you won a round? You lost.”
“I made a good amount of money,” Diaz said. “I think they’re overexaggerating how much — I don’t feel like anybody did me any favors, I’ll tell you that much — but I made a good chunk of change and I’m grateful. I’ve been demanding that.
“I was screwed for a long time. My problem was I was a soldier for a long time. I never even considered money, it was more about not getting my ass whooped. Once I thought about it for two minutes, I realized I was getting f—ed. It was stupid not to pay attention to that the whole time. If I had been thinking business since I was 21, I’d be a rich man right now.”
“I’m thinking probably the lightweight title fight, whatever is biggest,” Diaz said. “The biggest thing with Lawler and GSP — I would have been all about those fights and I am, but at the same time, my brother [Nick] is coming back and those are his fights. Those are Nick Diaz fights. I’m not trying to step on his shoes. We’ll see how things play out. As far as rematches go, I lost close decisions and never got a rematch.
“I’m not asking for anything. I’m demanding more than everybody. I want more than everybody, straight up. Money talks. I want the biggest fight. Whoever I’ve got to fight — the biggest show, biggest payday — that’s what I want.”