Nate Diaz does not care if he is seen as the underdog again at UFC 202 as rumors are swirling that he will make sure that Conor McGregor loses again.
Diaz noted that he is not into the media hype thing he just lets his skills inside the Octagon do the talking. He noted that McGregor did the right thing in making the rematch, had it not been him, he would have questioned if McGregor is in the right sport.
“If you don’t want to fight a guy who beat you, or shows you’re better than the guy everybody thinks is better than you, then I don’t know what you’re in this sport for. Because that’s what I’m in it for. That’s what I was in it for in the beginning–to let everyone know I’m the baddest dude there is. That I’m the baddest [expletive] there is,” Diaz told FOX Sports’ Jason Whitlock Speak For Yourself.
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After losing to Diaz at UFC 196, McGregor asked for the rematch as he wanted to redeem himself. The rematch was supposed to be part of UFC 200 but was pulled off at the last minute.
The situation led to UFC president Dana White explaining that the plug was pulled as McGregor refused to promote the said fight. After which, Diaz gave White a headache as he would be asking for a hefty purse for the fight to happen.
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The UFC and White would exhaust all possible negotiations until they all found a common ground to agree upon and set the stage for UFC 202. McGregor said time and again that he is taking the rematch seriously this time and he stress that he will eventually get his revenge come Aug. 20.
He stated that Diaz won the lottery in their first meeting. But added that it will not be the same in their rematch. McGregor narrated that he went through a lengthy preparation for the fight, studied jiu-jitsu and sparred with Olympian Conor Wallace.
“I just hope he’s not up on that stage wearing that stupid black t-shirt that he’s never out of,” McGregor said. “The boy has been wearing that same damn t-shirt for the past 20 years or something.”
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For Diaz what happened at UFC 196 will repeat itself on UFC 202 that is if McGregor can prove otherwise. Both fighters are at it again, throwing nasty things against each other. It was the same back at UFC 196 the only that differs is that Diaz, this time, is no last minute replacement.
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