“Skill-wise, I made a big, big jump from the (Chad) Mendes performance to the Aldo performance, but I didn’t get to show a lot of that because the fight was so quick”, McGregor said.
The talented Irish fighter has moved up 25 pounds in weight class to fight Nate Diaz at 170 pounds for UFC 196, and he has never had a problem with the spotlight, even calling out undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a boxing match. McGregor comes into this fight as the heavy favorite, but it won’t be easy for him considering he is used to fighting at 145 pounds, while this fight will be at 170 pounds. McGregor on the other hand has only heard the final bell once.
But the next round, reality hit. Per ESPN, McGregor is -420 while Diaz is +375. I took a chance, I came up short.
“It’s a bitter pill to swallow”, he added.
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, McGregor will be drawing a disclosed purse of $1 million in his fight with Diaz.
With Miesha Tate holding the Women’s Batamweight belt, the promotion has to choose whether to pair Ronda Rousey with Tate for the championship or Holm in a rematch.
“I felt good in the first round, but I was inefficient”, McGregor said.
There is no quit in UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor as he still has sights on taking away the lightweight gold from Rafael dos Anjos.
And his willingness to compete without a proper training camp has seen him earn McGregor’s respect.
Since the day the fight was announced, the pair traded barbs and engaged in a near-brawl after a press conference.
There was not any great sense of agitation or anger among the McGregor fans.
McGregor did well in the early going, bloodying Diaz near his right eye with sharp punches. He would also have been encouraged by being able to fend off McGregor when the pair went to ground late in the opener. These things happen. I’ll learn, and I’ll grow. So I knew I had to play it patient. After pushing him up against the cage and landing some big shots, McGregor initiated a takedown… and it was Diaz who took advantage and would eventually get the full mount.
“Now, another man gets a victory over me, he celebrates it. That’s the sign of a loser”.
What is surprising is that, you would expect something like this from McGregor but not from Nate Diaz.