Officially, Nate Diaz handed Conor McGregor his first UFC defeat in March, and buzzed the MMA world big time. But, if you think the Irish star is going to let people forget how the beginning of the fight was going, think again.
During the opening round of their UFC 196 scrap, McGregor landed several, telling shots to Diaz, and bloodied up the Stockton fighter. Diaz never looked like he was going out, but as round two began, it wasn’t looking good for the outspoken vet. Of course, as you know, Diaz proceeded to rock McGregor with stinging left hand in round two, and eventually won the bout with a rear-naked-choke.
Well, recently the UFC held a conference call to promote Diaz – McGregor II, which will go down on August 20th at UFC 202. During the call, here is how McGregor referred to Mr. Diaz (quote via UFC.com):
“For the first round and a half he was a heavy bag with eyeballs,” McGregor said. “His durability held out, his experience held out for him, so this time, I’ve been preparing for that. I’ve been preparing to face a durable, experienced fighter who has the reach, the height and the length. I feel very confident that we will go in and get this win back and put this man away.”
Now sure, Diaz fans may not care to hear him being referred to as a “heavy bag with eyeballs”, but McGregor did credit the fighter for his toughness. The big question is, however, whether McGregor can make the proper adjustments, and put Diaz away this time. When you consider the latter’s only been taken out with strikes once, that’s a tall, tall order. It’s kind of hard imagining this fight going 5 rounds no?