However, hype around the fight has not deteriorated, and last night at the press conference, McGregor and Diaz nearly came to blows, and things would have been ugly if it weren’t for Dana White and Co. who had to separate the pair. “Like his bum knee, like his bum leg”.
“I enjoy showing up and giving the fans a show”, McGregor said.
Yes, since Conor McGregor is likely the best, trash talker in the game, and because Diaz is one of the more outspoken fighters on the UFC roster, everyone understood that the pre-fight was going to be “testy”. “So I’m looking forward to going in there [Saturday] night fresh and put on a show for the fans, because I always step up for the fans”. The fight was since cancelled due to dos Anjo’s injury and was immediately replaced by Nate Diaz.
‘If he’s still conscious when he hits the mat, I will rush his hips and pass his guard and strangle him like a boa constrictor. “It’s sold, let’s f***ing do this”.
After a stunning seven-minute exchange, Diaz said: ‘You’re a rich kid. Real people fight. Real people fight. At one point he answers, “I don’t know”.
“If he wins impressively tomorrow he doesn’t even go back to 45, that’s what I think”, White told a scrum of reporters at the Mandalay Bay. McGregor was looking to hold both the featherweight and lightweight belts simultaneously following his 13-second destruction of Jose Aldo at UFC 194. “I am open minded, I am open to discussion, I love competition, I love fighting”. Is Holly Holm more than a fight against Ronda Rousey? “Every single fight, I’ve taken a risk”. That’s the main reason why this fight is drawing in so much money, but it’s also because this welterweight fight could be a strong candidate for Fight of the Year, as it’s a matchup between two of the UFC’s biggest names.