Nate Diaz knows a few things about the important art of trash talk or getting in an opponent’s face, so it’s not surprising to hear that he’s had a few things to say about the recent UFC 189 World Championship Tour.
As you probably know, the tour featured several intense exchanges between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, and the latter antagonized the featherweight champ at seemingly every turn. The tour’s most infamous / famous moment went down in Dublin, when McGregor snatched the belt away from Aldo, much to the enjoyment of the Irish fans in attendance.
Well, recently Diaz appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while discussing the aforementioned incident, the Stockton fighter stated (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“[Aldo’s] team is f**king up,” Diaz said. “Because let me tell you something: if I had Conor fighting somebody like that, and they were going to make sure one of the guys gets up in your face, you smack his ass to the floor. You know what I’m saying? You don’t let somebody do that. Or just laugh at him. Like, [Aldo] got all bent out of shape when the guy took his belt. He should’ve just laughed at him, been like, ‘Keep the belt. This ain’t about the belt. It’s about your ass whooping.’ I would’ve let him have it. Take that home and put it on…”
Those are some interesting proposals, either way, and Diaz went on to say that McGregor is doing a “great job marketing himself.” That’s definitely true.
Aldo and McGregor are set to finally fight at UFC 189, which will take place on July 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Diaz, meanwhile, is expected to fight Matt Brown that same night (the promotion has announced the bout but Diaz has claimed it was never really negotiated…). The veteran will be competing for the first time since December, when he was decisioned by reigning champ, Rafael dos Anjos.