There are plenty of folks who think that Conor McGregor deserves a rematch with Nate Diaz. Well, Nate Diaz is not one of those people.
Essentially, he sat down with Rolling Stone to help explain to the public what exactly transpired in that fight between himself and McGregor at UFC 196. In his mind, he won decisively. And although his face was bloodied, it wasn't even close.
"I lost plenty of decisions and I've never got a rematch to this day. So that's crazy. Conor got worked over and now they're saying rematch, which makes sense, I understand that. I just think it's funny because it's like, Jose Aldo didn't get a rematch."
He admitted that if the money is right and the people want it he'll go for a rematch. His exact words were, "Whatever the people are demanding is what I want." However, he has his eyes set on a better match (in his mind).
And that's between Diaz and lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. The man who he replaced at UFC 196. I mean, there are other potential opponents, including current Welterweight champ Robbie Lawler and former longtime champ Georges St-Pierre.
He admits those would be great fights, but he also had this to say...
"Those are both great fights, big fights, but those are both my brother's fights. I'm not going to step on his shoes. I'm not going to into his weight because everybody wants to see Nick vs. GSP or Nick vs. Lawler. I would like to fight for the Lightweight title. But if I did the [fighting at] 170 thing I would like them to work out the deal with Nick and I'll take the leftovers."
The crazy thing is that Nate Diaz wasn't even really training for Conor McGregor. He was in Cabo San Lucas partying when he got the call from UFC president Dana White. White even claimed he had been "training for a triathalon" severl times, but White set the story straight.
"I wasn't training for the triathlon. I was talking to Dana White after the last fight and I was telling him, 'Triathlon season is coming.' I was talking about a fight in the summer and I was saying I'm probably going to try to go up to 170 [pounds]. I was saying summer was coming, race season is coming and that's when I'm going to be in shape. So he used that when this fight was came up."
He wasn't worried, though. He knew he could defeat McGregor regardless of whether he was really in shape or prepared.
"I can always do five, five-minute rounds, any day, even if I was drinking yesterday or doing whatever. I'm a seasoned athlete, an endurance athlete and I'm always working out. But I wasn't on point. I wasn't ready to fight. If I was going to get punched in my eye, it was going to be in March."
Diaz capitalized on the error by outmaneuvering McGregor on the mat and locking in a fight-ending rear-naked choke. He said he could have knocked McGregor out, though. Here's his logic:
"These guys shoot on me after they start getting hit, they start shooting on me and getting tapped out. It's a way out because they don't want to get hit anymore. Conor, that was on the way to being a knockout. He was getting handed some solid shit. He got on me for the takedown because he was done."
What do you think?
Could Diaz have KO'd McGregor rather than making him tap?
(Via: Rolling Stone)