Nate Diaz is not worried about the underdog status in his rematch against Conor McGregor at UFC 202 as he vows a repeat performance that will prove his point.
Due to the fact that he stunned McGregor before in UFC 196, Diaz does not buy all their trash talking this time. The American fighter says that McGregor’s camp is just trying to hype him up for the fight. Diaz tells McGregor to stop lying to himself and face the fact that he is going to lose again when they meet inside the Octagon on Aug. 20.
For McGregor, his motivation is to exact revenge on his loss during their first meeting last March. It will be a make or break night for the feisty Irishman as another loss will surely fade his credibility as the face of UFC. He noted that he has spent a lot of money for this fight and even predicted that he will get his revenge by knocking Diaz out.
“That’s what he said last time. I think he’s got a lot of people around him and he’s trying to pump himself up, and he’s either lying to himself or to the world about his confidence, trying to make himself believe it. But he remembers what happened in the last fight,” Diaz said Wednesday at UFC 202’s pre-fight press conference as reported by MMA Fighting.
Diaz: Nick's a massive ninja in this whole sh*t. He's the best fighter in the world.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 18, 2016
Diaz knows that overconfidence will eat up McGregor ahead of their second bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Odds may not play in his favor but Diaz does not mind as long as he gets paid after beating the hell out of McGregor come fight night.
Even Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez agrees with him that McGregor is deeply drowning with confidence that will surely fade when they meet at UFC 202. Perez narrated that what happened during the pre-fight press conference only shows how arrogant McGregor is and how Diaz will humble him down again.
McGregor: Fuck Team Diaz. If you're down with Team Diaz, then fuck you too. (Then he walked off. Mic drop.)
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 19, 2016
Time has come for both McGregor and Diaz to stop chit chatting and get their business on inside the Octagon. For McGregor, it is redemption while Diaz is going after the respect that he thinks he deserved. It will surely be an exciting fight night as two fighters vie for honor and cash all in one venue.
Who is your bet this time?
— UFC (@ufc) August 17, 2016
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