Did Conor McGregor sell his fight against Nate Diaz? Or was the Irish fighter just too overconfident with his skills and the bigger Diaz took advantage?
Nate Diaz stopped the loudmouth Conor McGregor via submission in the second round of their welterweight fight at UFC 196 on Saturday.
McGregor offered excuses about the weight difference post-match but since he’s the trash talker between the two he had no choice but to be humbled on this night with Diaz dominating him for stretches of the match.
“I took the chance going at 170 but Nate came in. I felt I took him in the first but I didn’t utilize my energy efficiently,” McGregor said in the post-match interview. “I’m humble in victory and in defeat. I respect Nate. It is what it is. I’ll face it like a man.”
Watch the highlight of the end of the McGregor vs. Diaz mismatch here:
McGregor is the biggest name in the mixed martial arts world but after his poor performance against Diaz some fans were turned off with the Irishman.
Twitter was ablaze with McGregor’s criticisms.
Mcgregor is a punk man never liked him. I'm glad somebody finally shut his damn mouth
— AJ (@ajennings16) March 6, 2016
If McGregor focused on beating Diaz properly instead of tryna troll he would have won easily😴The man let Diaz get so many free shots to face
— Cordell Cockett (@CordellCockett3) March 6, 2016
McGregor was a 3.5 to 1 favorite entering the fight and fans were looking forward to earning easy money by betting on McGregor. However, Diaz delivered as an underdog and the McGregor fans are all disappointed with the result.
McGregor selling the fight is possible and his performance Saturday night against Diaz supports that. However, there is no evidence against McGregor and it could be just Diaz being the better fighter in the main event of UFC 196.