Back at the turn of 2016, the UFC was putting a lot of stock in Conor McGregor. Obviously seeing they had a self propelled hype machine, the promotion poured millions in to getting the Irishman’s name out there.

As is quite often the case, best laid plans went to waste, at least temporarily. Stepping in to replace Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196, Nate Diaz blasted his way to superstardom. Suffering his first UFC loss, McGregor also helped Diaz in to becoming a household name.

(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
(Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

“Not Surprised Motherf*ckers”

Taking out the UFC’s biggest star and looking like a total boss doing it, Nate Diaz then gave a classic post-fight interview. Suddenly the man the UFC had allegedly tried to oppress for years was front and centre.

Diaz exposed plans the UFC had been making for McGregor vs. GSP. The anti-hero was here to stay, and we loved every second of it.

from Saskatoon Sun
from Saskatoon Sun

UFC 202

Even in losing at UFC 202, Nate Diaz went out on his shield. The close five-round war could easily have gone either way, and fans are still split over the decision win for McGregor. Moving on from this rivalry, McGregor would face Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205.

Diaz has not forgotten about that day on March 5. Although the endless stream of Conor McGregor tribute videos continue, Nate Diaz still doesn’t buy the hype. Here’s what the 209 bad boy posted to Instagram this week:
Nate Diaz’s next fight is yet to be announced, but he appears to be in fight shape looking at the rest of his posts on social media. Should he face McGregor for a third time? Many would argue he should and sometime will.

Now ‘The Notorious’ has the lightweight belt, that trilogy fight holds a lot more weight.

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