Conor McGregor taunts UFC rivals: They always pull out, they always run...I should create my own belt
Featherweight champion Conor McGregor has taunted his UFC rivals for living in fear of him, and claimed Nate Diaz tried to avoid the headline event at UFC 196.
Rafael Dos Anjos’ injury allowed Diaz to step in after Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo declined the offer and speaking at the press conference ahead of next weekend’s fight, McGregor said his rivals are in fear of him.
“Nate for me was the leading auction, there were many, many auctions. In reality, many people pretended like they wanted to fight until the fight actually presented itself,” he said.
“Frankie [Edgar]never shut-up, and then when he was given a phone call and a date, he hasn’t been seen or heard of since.
“Jose [Aldo] was in camp apparently preparing, in case Dos Anjos pulled out. Then all of a sudden Dos Anjos pulls out with a bruised foot and Jose is not fit.
“Even Nate tried to exit the fight cleanly.”
Dos Anjos is the sixth fighter to withdraw from fighting McGregor in his last 12 fights and ‘The Notorious’ said he isn’t surprised anymore that his rivals keep avoiding him.
“It’s always happening…they always pull out, they always run. They always make it out like they want it, but really they don’t want it. I was expecting it.
“It doesn’t matter what weight division or anything, or what belt is on the line because really I should create my own belt. I am in myself my own belt. I’m fighting for my own belt.”
McGregor attempted to get under the 30-year-old’s skin during the press conference, suggesting he used weight differences as a potential excuse to avoid McGregor, to comments regarding his image.
“He’s okay…I like Nic’s younger brother. He’s like a Cholo gangster. He makes gun signs with the right hand and animal balloons with the left hand.
“You are a credit to the community,” he added sarcastically.
Diaz took exception to McGregor’s barbed comments, but to little avail.
“I don’t give a f**,” Diaz insisted.
“I don’t give a f*** either,” McGregor responded.
“I don’t give a f*** about the belt. The only thing I give a f*** about is my cheque.”
Diaz hit a nerve when he accused McGregor of taking performance enhancing drugs during media briefing.
"Everybody's on steroids," Diaz said. "The whole UFC, everybody."
"Your teammate Gil (Melendez) and Jake (Sheilds) were two caught on steroids," McGregor responded.
"And you and dos Anjos," Diaz continued.
The 27-year-old responded aggressively to the accusations, vehemently denying any wrongdoing.
“I’m not on steroids. What the f*** are you talking about?”