Nate Diaz certainly doesn’t appear to be short on confidence, but the rugged vet recently admitted on “Conan” that he’s anxious and nervous before every fight.
The Stockton star appeared on the show Tuesday, in advance of his August 20th rematch with Conor McGregor. The two fought for the first time in March, and Diaz rocked the MMA world by submitting the Irish superstar in round two.
During his interview with Conan O’Brien, Diaz had this to say, while discussing how he mentally prepares for bouts (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I write it off from the beginning like, ‘I’m probably gonna get knocked out,'” Diaz said. “Just take that and accept it. And then go in there and make it happen. When it doesn’t happen, when you come out with a win, that’s pretty exciting.”
“They’re all full of it. I’m a realist, man,” Diaz added. “I accept the fact that there’s a probability you’re gonna get taken out and it’s gonna be pretty embarrassing. I accept that and go out there and don’t let it happen. And hopefully come out on top.”
Many other great fighters over the years have said that the fear of getting defeated, or hurt, is what drives them in the Octagon. Many have also argued that fighters who claim they are fearless, are massive liars….
Now does any of this mean that Diaz isn’t very confident that he’ll hand McGregor another defeat? Of course not.
The highly anticipated fight will will headline UFC 202, which will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It’s going to be a crazy night.