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Nick Diaz Argues Nate Would Have Defeated Conor McGregor Again, if Not For Corner Ban

Kelsey Mowatt

Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz came up short against Conor McGregor at UFC 202, but according to his older brother Nick, things would have been different if he’d been in his corner.

Nate faced McGregor for a second time this past August, after he submitted the Irish fighter back in March. McGregor floored Diaz a couple of times early on in the rematch, but the latter hung in there, and pushed the star for the remainder of the bout. After five, memorable rounds, McGregor was awarded the decision win.

Well, on that August 20th night, Nick was not in the corner of Nate, due to the fact he has an outstanding fine with the Nevada Commission. Recently the Stockton fighter appeared on Opie Radio, and he had this to say about the fact he wasn’t cornering his bro at UFC 202 (quote via MMA Fighting.com):

“Just one inch, that’s the difference between how that fight could’ve gone,” Nick said. “As far as I’m concerned, I definitely would’ve been that inch. … They just wanted to keep me out of there. They know that it would’ve definitely helped him out a lot.

“I was seeing things in that fight that I would’ve called and told him. I was seeing things that he wasn’t seeing, because I do these things and I know how they work out for me. It’s kind of like a formula, you know what I mean? And I’m like, hey look, this is what you do. Come the third and fourth round, I think if I would’ve been there, we would’ve been able to put it together and got that guy (McGregor) out of there.”

Chances are McGregor fans won’t be on board with this theory, but, not having Nick in his corner,  must have been a disadvantage for Nate on some level right? Perhaps if a trilogy fight is booked, Nick will be back in Nate’s corner.

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