Since Nate Diaz took out Conor McGregor at UFC 196 his stock has never been higher, but the outspoken fighter believes the UFC wants things back to the way they were. A landscape where McGregor was the biggest thing to hit MMA since Ronda Rousey’s championship run.
Following McGregor’s defeat, a lot of fans, fighters and critics piled on the Irish star, no question. But, there’s been a ton of people who have rallied to his defense, including UFC brass. The argument being that McGregor didn’t need to fight Diaz at 170 pounds at UFC 196, that he should be commended for moving up in weight, for welcoming new challenges.
Well, recently Diaz spoke to ESPN.com, and while doing so, the Stockton star said this:
“I feel like, honest, I feel like the UFC wants to weed me the f— out of this position,” Diaz said. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. Sorry. I feel like a lot of people are coming at me now. I see them making a lot of excuses for him, and I think it’s kind of ridiculous.
“I don’t think it’s just the UFC. It’s everybody. People are saying, ‘Oh, [McGregor] is great, he’s accepted the loss so well.’ If I would have lost, people would be saying, ‘piece of s— shouldn’t have accepted the fight…”
Now, it does seem like Diaz’s win has sent him some well deserved, mainstream attention. No question. As a result of the victory, he’s going to be set up for another all-star bout and a big pay day. The UFC is going to want to capitalize on the bright spotlight that’s blasting down on Diaz.
But, it does seem like more attention has been focused on McGregor moving up in weight, than the fact that Diaz took the fight on short notice. That he was apparently partying in Cabo in week prior to getting the call. Begging the question, if this fight had taken place at 155 pounds, with both men having full camps, would the result have been different? It’s a good question right?