UFC 196 goes down inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Conor McGregor could have played it safe and waited for another title fight after Rafael Dos Anjos dropped out of their bout last week. No gold up for grabs, just stacks of paper. I love to fight; this man, let’s see if he can fight.
Conor McGregor has accused his UFC 196 opponent Nate Diaz of being a “scared little boy” and also labelled him a “bully”.
“Every fight has a lot of pressure because I put it on myself”, Holm said.
Diaz (18-10) has gained his fame as a finger-flipping, jaw-jacking anti-hero.
This is the most awesome interview you will ever see. I knew it was going to be the biggest fight, because we’re the biggest names on the roster. “Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt”. The Irishman with a 15-fight winning streak seized that chance with both fists, winning the 145-pound title with a 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo in December. Diaz isn’t expected to win by most experts, but the odds are so much in McGregor’s favor that the betting public is backing the underdog.
If he keeps hauling in paydays like the one he’s expected to bring in against Diaz, that’s a real possibility. Though McGregor is facing a new opponent, he’s at least been in prep mode for the past two months. That’s it. I’m here for a fight and a check, so fuck the belt. Often they swore at each other. “Nate’s not one of them“.
Holm and Tate grinned as they watched from the stage while McGregor and Diaz lobbed insults at each other.
He’s a shit-talking hard bastard who may be one of the only fighters immune to McGregor’s legendary psychological warfare.
When an audience member compared him to Muhammad Ali, McGregor thanked him for the praise but dismissed any suggestion that they were on the same level. Diaz is a perennial contender in the lightweight division but his fight with McGregor is being contested at 170 pounds (welterweight) due to the short-notice nature of the matchup. “But I don’t think about it too much”.
All that’s left for this point is for the fighters to weigh in and then fight.
McGregor, on ‘Red Panty Night, ‘ a term he infamously coined a year ago.
The Notorious is reportedly on a new contract with the UFC that will see him earn a minimum of $14m [â‚¬16m approx.] per fight.
“I’ll probably buy a whole bunch of nice (expletive)”, said Diaz.