McGregor tagged and bloodied Diaz with some big shots early on into the fight, but the latter kept coming, kept firing, and eventually submitted the featherweight champ in round two. Afterwards, McGregor credited Diaz for his performance, but also acknowledged that his punches didn’t carry the same impact at 170, as 145.
Well, recently Evans appeared on “The MMA Hour”, and while doing so, he said this about McGregor (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“When I see some of these matchups sometimes, I start analyzing them and I start thinking of them over and over again…”
“With McGregor, I felt like he was a lot different that last fight because — he wasn’t the same person. It seemed like he was putting on a little bit too much just for the show. And I know the woes of putting on too much for the show because I know at the end of the day you’re taking away from what makes you sharp in the cage.”
Interesting no? Now prior to the bout, McGregor continued to toss out bold statements, as par for the “Notorious” course. He even predicted that he would stop Diaz not long into the bout, which did raise some eyebrows, since Diaz has been stopped just once with strikes in his long career.
But, when he said Diaz’s ground game was overrated, that really had hardcore fans and observers muttering ‘seriously?’ Was McGregor trying to convince himself that he was going to cruise through Diaz? Or did he realize he was facing someone who wasn’t intimidated by him? Hard to say. One things for certain, it was a thrilling fight.