Tuesday 28 March 2017

'It's kind of ridiculous' - Nate Diaz angered by Conor McGregor 'excuses'

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5: (R-L) Nate Diaz punches Conor McGregor in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 5: (R-L) Nate Diaz punches Conor McGregor in their welterweight bout during the UFC 196 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

MMA fans have understandably been dwelling on Conor McGregor's next move after his recent UFC 196 loss and Nate Diaz is a little annoyed with the reaction to his upset win.

Diaz took the fight on two weeks notice with little done in the way of training but still was able to submit the Dubliner for his first loss since 2010. In the aftermath, many commended McGregor's humbled response to the defeat but Diaz isn't having any of it.

In an interesting interview with ESPN, the American showed his frustration with how people have reacted to his win, and for what he perceives to be the UFC focusing on the losing fighter rather than the winner.

"I see them [the UFC] making a lot of excuses for him, and I think it's kind of ridiculous," Diaz said.

"I don't think it's just the UFC. It's everybody. People are saying, 'Oh, [McGregor] is great, he's accepted the loss so well.' If I would have lost, people would be saying, 'piece of shit shouldn't have accepted the fight.' I don't mean to be bitter, but there are a lot of excuses being made for this guy. He's talking about winning the first round. There are five rounds in a fight. Who gives a shit if you won a round? You lost."

McGregor has expressed a desire for a rematch with Diaz, saying he is 'certainly' interested in avenging his first defeat in the UFC. However, it is more likely that McGregor will defend his featherweight title for the first time against contender Frankie Edgar or in a rematch with Brazilian Jose Aldo.

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