Before the bottle-throwing, before a triumphant comeback, before the emergence of the champ champ, Conor McGregor got a bloody lesson from the Stockton school of hard knocks. McGregor's first attempt at a superfight for the lightweight championship abruptly ended due to Rafael dos Anjos' 'bruised foot,' leaving #UFC196 with a giant, money-shaped hole. Enter Nate Diaz: Not the hero we deserved, but the one that we needed. A year ago today, Diaz strangled UFC's golden goose and shocked the world.
Imagine the MMA universe if this would have never happened: The term 'touch butt' would never exist, one of the best fueds in UFC history would fall victim to a premature end, and who knows how far #ConorMcGregor would have gotten without learning valuable lessons in ninja sh-t from #NateDiaz. After all, he built an entire new wing of his business enterprise in preparing for the rematch at #UFC202.
Every Spider-Man must have his Venom, every Batman needs a Joker, and McGregor wouldn't be the same without Diaz. They've already been at war for hundreds of years in an alternate timeline, and they're probably destined to fight forever. With #KhabibNurmagomedov's reliability questioned now more than ever, Diaz is once again back at the top of the list for McGregor's lightweight title defense and none of us are surprised.