Just to top off an already crazy week of news, here’s Nate Diaz with something unexpected…
One man who knows Conor McGregor better than anyone in terms of combat time is Nate Diaz. During two fights at UFC 196 & UFC 202, Diaz battled McGregor for a thrilling 34 minutes of action.
Shaking things up in their first bout, Diaz wobbled McGregor before submitting the Irishman in a rousing upset. When they faced off on August 20 for the rematch, it was McGregor with the decision win.
Bad blood appeared to remain between the two, only rivalled by Diaz’s disdain for the UFC…
Diaz Shows Big Respect For McGregor
As per MMAFighting.com, Nate Diaz gives McGregor a ‘great chance’ of beating Floyd Mayweather:
“I think he has a great chance,” Diaz said on the “Against All Odds with Cousin Sal” podcast.
“I’ve fought the top pros in the fight game, the best fighters in the world, and done better than a lot of them,” Diaz said. “I fought Conor for 25 minutes, I believe he’s definitely going to have a chance. Fighting and beating the best boxer pound for pound in the world right now? That’s another story but a fight’s a fight and we’re going to have to watch and see what happens. Hopefully it will be a hell of a fight.”
Continue reading Diaz’s comments below…
“It’s crazy because, I’m not on the MMA side, I won’t tell you I’m on Floyd’s side or Conor’s side but I’ll tell you whose side I’m not on, I’m definitely not on the UFC’s side, you know what I’m saying?” Diaz said. “The boxers, every f*cking pro boxer is saying something and all this criticism, and I think it’s a better option is to keep your opinion out of it.”
“What happens when Conor wins, let’s say he wins, and all this sh*t these boxers talk, aww all this sh*t, oh you thought you knew but you don’t know sh*t because you say stuff like he doesn’t stand a chance. They should know, being fighters, in a fight, everyone stands a chance, and if they’re saying that there’s no chance, that’s a problem.
“The ignorance is crazy,” Diaz continued, “because no one actually knows except for a fighters like me and my brother who have sparred with the high-level pros. I know if I went into a fight like that, I’d be like ‘don’t ever count me out, watch me win this sh*t,’ so I’ve got to believe that the more people talk like that, gives him more of a chance of having more and more motivation. That makes things more entertaining, more interesting.”
The hype will all come to an end this weekend, but keep this in mind; Conor McGregor just said he has a trilogy in waiting. How huge would a third fight with Nate Diaz be?