Following Diaz’s win over Michael Johnson in December, he called for a fight with McGregor, and did so in a very ‘direct’ manner. After Rafael dos Anjos went down with a broken foot, Diaz was tapped to fight McGregor on short notice, and here we are.
If you watched the UFC 196 pre-fight presser recently, then you know that McGregor and Diaz kicked the trash-talk into high gear. Despite all that, however, McGregor recently told Colin Cowherd the following (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“I don’t really hate Nate,” said McGregor. “I have no hate for any man that is on the same journey as me. We’re all chasing the same dream here so I can’t hate the man with the same dream as me. For me, it’s business. There is no emotion there. I go in and I decipher his movements, I decipher his reactions and I make a trap for him and I walk him into the trap. Whether situations in the fight are being verbalized, this is just another day inside the Octagon.
“They talk while they do their work but Nate is no different and I am no different. I’m sure there will be talking but it is business. There is no hate. There is cold.”
While McGregor might not ‘hate’ Diaz, or other opponents he’s faced, he does seem to get somewhat irked when being criticized. But who doesn’t right?
It will be really interesting to see if Diaz tries to get McGregor off his game with some trash-talk in the Octagon, Saturday. Usually it’s McGregor leading the way in this respect. It will also be fascinating to see if Diaz can frustrate McGregor, as he certainly got to Johnson in their bout (although the numerous punches he landed played a big role). That said, maybe it will be vice-versa?
UFC 196 will go down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.