Ahead of his highly-anticipated mixed martial arts return, the UFC fan-favourite Nate Diaz is not showing any love for his old rival, Conor McGregor.
Before his MMA comeback, Diaz fought the former two-division champion, McGregor, twice with both fighters scoring one win apiece.
The two mammoth fights had set the second and third highest pay-per-view buys in the promotion’s history.
Diaz drew first blood in their rivalry as he submitted McGregor in the second round of their welterweight match to earn the Submission Of The Year recognition.
The rematch went the distance, but this time it was the Irishman who came out on top, winning the judges’ scorecards, while getting the nod for the Fight Of The Year honours.
During Nate’s absence, McGregor enjoyed the spotlight and starred in significant bouts including a money fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.
This promoted Diaz’s belief that the Irish star was being spoiled by the Nevada-based promotion.
🗣 Nate Diaz:
“I’m fighting the Wheaties box guy.”
— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) August 12, 2019
In a recent interview with ESPN, Diaz, who had a rocky relationship with the UFC in the past, said the promotion gave Conor an easy fight in Eddie Alvarez while taking Nate out of the picture during the McGregor-Mayweather hype.
“I’m like, okay I see what’s happening here, downgrading me. Degrading my whole.”
“No-one’s seeing that and they’re making it look like I’m complaining.”
“I never called. I never called you guys. You guys called me. ‘Hey, what’s up? We know we’re f***ing rude f***s and we weeded you away and we made you disappear with the Mayweather-McGregor.”
“And Eddie Alvarez, that was a good matchup, that was an easy win for him. He just was put in all the right places.”
“I’m not even f***ing hating on that, that’s cool as hell. It’s cool he’s doing what he did and whatever. But you’re a spoiled little b***h though because they handed you all that. You didn’t do s***.”
— MMAFighting.com (@MMAFighting) August 12, 2019
The slugger from Stockton also clarified that he was not turning down fights that prolonged his layoff.
“The first one. I’m like, throw me some f***ing love out here from time to time.”
“It’s not only love, but it’s just like, ooh look, title fight with Eddie. Eddie’s easy.”
“I beat (McGregor) in between when he knocked out (Jose) Aldo, I f****d him up, beat him again but lost, then he fights for a title. Then he fights Mayweather.”
“And then they’re like, ‘F***ing, this guy’s turning down fights.’ Is that not a kick in the ass? Hold up. I don’t need to be a part of none of that. But can I get a compliment?”
— UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) August 8, 2019
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