It all started because McGregor asked the UFC to create a belt, called “McGregor Belt”, for his trilogy with another fighter, Dustin Poirier. One of his followers recalled that Ultimate already did something similar for Diaz when he created the “Baddest Motherf *** Belt” for his fight against Jorge Masvidal, and the Irishman took the opportunity to launch his attack.
Conor McGregor (left) and Nate Diaz (right) face each other at a press conference before their first fight, in 2016 – Photo: Jason Silva
“Who is the biggest tough guy anyway? I went up two weight divisions in a week to face him in that fight. Without hesitation. Straight to my jet. I entered through the side door. Surprise, surprise”, wrote the “Notorious”, remembering that, in the first fight between them, he was featherweight champion (65.8kg) and accepted to go up to the welterweight (77.1kg) to face Diaz, hurriedly called to replace Rafael dos Anjos, injured two weeks of the event, UFC 196, in March 2016.
At the time, Nate Diaz said he was on vacation on a yacht in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when he received the call. McGregor scoffed: “What yacht was Nate on Cabo at that time? You can’t call ordinary yacht boats. The rhetoric they spread in this business is a disgrace at times. ‘yacht’. He was fighting for 20,000 at the time. 20,000 to fight, 20,000 to win was his exact bag, “wrote the Irishman.
Diaz, who is not to be silent, went on the counterattack. The American accused his rival of being spoiled by the UFC. “I do it on my own. They treat you like a baby. Loosely sour,” published the American, with an emoji simulating his famous “Stockton Slap”.
Nate also recalled that he had already moved up at the last minute, “half a day in advance, without hesitation and without promotion, just because I’m not slack, how about, Conor, f *** up”. The occasion mentioned by the American was a fight against middleweight Rory Markham in 2010, in which the opponent should have beaten 77.6 kg to face him at welterweight, but registered 80.3 kg on the scale, almost three kilos more than Diaz.
The American included an image of the athletes’ comparison chart in his post, and McGregor did not miss the opportunity to tease him with a replay of one of his most inspired moments: “When in the opening preliminaries was this f ***? Who c ** * is Rory Markham? 80.3kg? ”
From there, the fighters began to remember their rivals in common and to compare who scared them the most. “Don’t forget that Dustin f *** you, but he’s afraid of me. You two are slack. And I slapped Kabob (sic), he was scared and didn’t answer, and he gave you a beating. So who’s the king? really, it’s me, loose. King Nate dog, “wrote Diaz.
“I don’t forget anything, brother, and you will see that soon. And don’t talk about patting a mess, I left them stuck thinking they were dead. You are not king of anything. You couldn’t even win the belt they made. for you, let alone any other, “replied McGregor.
In the end, it became a fifth-grade fight. “Hahaha suck,” said Diaz; “I suck on tits,” said the Irishman.
Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor met twice in 2016, with a win for each side. At UFC 196, in March of that year, the American submitted his opponent in the second round; at UFC 202 in August, the Irishman gave back with a victory by decision of the judges. Diaz, who has not fought since a loss to Jorge Masvidal in 2019, is scheduled to face Leon Edwards in the main co-event of UFC 262 on May 15. McGregor is expected to do his trilogy with Dustin Poirier in July, but the clash is not yet officially scheduled.
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