In March of this year, Nate Diaz shocked the world by submitting then featherweight champion Conor McGregor in a last minute welterweight scrap. His submission win marked the end of a 15-fight win-streak for the Irishman.
Given his long-time dominance, and his status as the UFC’s biggest and most valuable star, McGregor was quickly given a shot at redemption against Diaz. Though his rematch was briefly scheduled as the main event of July’s UFC 200, it ultimately occurred a month later, atop UFC 202 in August. When it finally did occur, McGregor would defeat Diaz in a thrilling and competitive fight, nabbing a majority decision win and evening their score as he did.
Given the pair’s shared propensity for memorable moments on the mic, it should come as no surprise that their two encounters were sweetened by a seemingly endless amount of trash talk. Though their rivalry has temporarily been put to bed, and no rubber match between them has been scheduled, that trash talk continues to this day.
The latest skirmish in Diaz and McGregor’s ongoing war of words occurred on Instagram, where Diaz suggested that McGregor never wanted to be in the cage with him, and that he lost the second fight – contrary to the official judges’ decision. See this post below:
“He never wanted to be in there with me in the first place he plotted a escape from the beginning and he still got worked the last fight,” Diaz said in his Instagram post. “This videos for you and your team.”
Having won the UFC lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez in November, McGregor is now enjoying a hiatus from competition, during which he’ll father his first child. Diaz, meanwhile, has not been seen in action since his August rematch with McGregor, and doesn’t appear to be interested in any fight other than a rubber match with the Irishman. Unless, of course, the UFC feels like paying him $20 million.
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