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Nate Diaz says he knew that the UFC 200 scheduled rematch between he and Conor McGregor was never going to happen, well before it was even cancelled.

Say what?!

Diaz appeared on The MMA Hour Wednesday to discuss the events of the week and he dropped bomb after mother f---ing bomb. I honestly don't know where to begin.

"I think this was all planned," Diaz said. "I don't think the fight was ever really on."

Nate Diaz being interviewed by Ariel Helwani
Nate Diaz being interviewed by Ariel Helwani

He went on to say that he was shocked McGregor would accept a rematch so quickly as he needed more than just two months to improve his jiu-jitsu.

"They are buying him more time to get better if we do ever fight again," Diaz said.

When prompted to address the Floyd Mayweather super-fight rumors he said, "I hear about all this Mayweather s--t, which I think is all big publicity stunt to hide the fact that he got his ass whopped."

"I call your bluff, fight Mayweather mother f--er," he said.

He says that a rematch isn't a concern for him at this point, and he isn't chasing that particular fight. He says that if the fight happens he expects to be paid more than what was originally negotiated for UFC 200.

"I just beat your biggest draw," he said. "If you don't mind I'd like to be compensated better than I have been."

He says that he was approached about the rematch the day after the fight, and wouldn't have agreed to it in hindsight. He says he never got the rematches he wanted, and wouldn't have been so quick to agree to one with McGregor.

"I never got those rematches," Diaz said. "Should't have agreed to rematch Conor."

When questioned about if he would fight McGregor on Aug. 20, Diaz said, "If everything works out, straight up financially," he said. "I will fight tomorrow."

Diaz saying Diaz things for an hour. Awesome. You can watch the whole interview by clicking here.

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