Talk about a controversial accusation. Trash talk is one thing, but these latest comments might be pushing it a little too far. Have a read and see what you think….
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is a long way from home in many respects on Saturday March 5. He fights two divisions above the weight class he beat Jose Aldo at during the UFC 194 main event, and faces a fighter with a bigger reach and height advantage.
Nate Diaz will be the man ‘The Notorious’ hopes to conquer in his welterweight debut, after his original opponent Rafael dos Anjos dropped out of the pay-per-view card with a broken foot.
As expected, the trash talk has been rife between the two outspoken fan favorites, but now Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez has some pretty serious accusations about ‘The Notorious.’ Check out his comments courtesy of Submission Radio:
“So if you think about it, he was focusing on training at 155. He only had two weeks to go. And all of a sudden he’s gonna jump to 170? So no, there’s something going on.”
“When Nathan mentioned it to him, he got defensive, he got angry,” he continued. “If somebody would have told me that I was fighting and he told me, you know, steroids, I would laugh and say, ‘yeah give me some more steroids, heck yeah, ah ha sure’. But he got defensive and mad, you know, “I’m not on steroids, I’m not on steroids!” You know, he was like trying to defend himself. So that, just his actions and the way he talked, there’s something behind that.”
“Well, all I know is that he was supposed to fight at 155, and for some reason I don’t think he would have made the weight, because he was trying to go to 165 and then he went to 170,” Perez said. “So think about it. If you see that, you would think he had two more weeks to go, he would be close to 155 and stay on that, you know, or go to 160. But he didn’t, he jumped to 170. So that’s kinda shady right there.”
“That’s what I’m saying, that McGregor couldn’t make the weight,” he said. “Because he would have said ‘okay, let’s go to 160 or let’s go to 155’ because Nathan was ready for it. And he didn’t. So then he jumped to 170. Why?”
“I mean, two weeks ago – and you know, if you’re a fighter and you’ve been training for two months or so and you’re already cutting your weight down, so in two weeks you should be close to 155,” he said. “So all of a sudden 155 to 170? Oh boy, that’s a big jump. So there’s something fishy going on there.”