For months, Diaz, and others to be fair, have argued that the reason the rematch is going down, is because the promotion is hoping McGregor avenges his defeat, and re-establishes his status. There’s no doubt that McGregor remains a massive star, but the loss to Diaz did halt his rise up the pound-for-pound ranks. Since Diaz has been a vocal critic of what fighters get paid, and held out for more money to rematch McGregor, he’s also argued that the UFC would like to “weed” him out.
Well, Diaz appeared on the latest “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday, and the outspoken fighter hasn’t changed his tune (quote via FOX Sports 1 press release):
“I’m too real for this whole game. They can’t have a guy like me win. Look at what’s happening. I get paid finally, and they sell the UFC. It’s changing because of what’s going on. That’s why they threw me back in there, they want to weed me out and try to get me out of here. It’s already an unstoppable force that’s going. The game is in trouble with someone like me winning. They hope I don’t win. It’s all good. Either way, it’s kill or be killed. Win or lose, I plan on winning and my voice will be heard. I got too big not to be heard.”
It’s an interesting argument. No question. Although, some would argue that the UFC has been promoting Diaz a lot, leading up to UFC 202, and that the promotion has a win-win situation on their hands. If Diaz defeats McGregor for a second time, he’s drawing power will have never been greater, which would be good for the UFC. Yes, even if he’s been known to criticize the promotion. After all, it’s not like the UFC hasn’t had issues with McGregor as well in recent months?
UFC 202 will go down at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. It should be a crazy night.