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Sunday 25 September 2016

Nate Diaz comes up with patronising compliment for Conor McGregor after UFC 196 shock

Published 06/03/2016 | 10:37

Conor McGregor off target with this punch against Nate Diaz
Conor McGregor off target with this punch against Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz was in buoyant mood after causing a major upset by beating Conor McGregor in their welterweight bout at UFC 196 in Las Vegas night.

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The American suffered a cut over his right eye in the first round of the fight after being repeatedly caught by the Dubliner but turned things around in the second round.

After wobbling McGregor with a thumping punch, Diaz executed a rear naked choke hold to force McGregor to tap out in the thrilling contest.

His victory was made all the more remarkable by the fact that Diaz took the fight in 11 days notice after Rafael Dos Anjos was forced to pull out with a broken foot.

He told the post fight press conference: "I knew I was the superior boxer and the superior martial artist... I have the best training partners in the world in every aspect.

"Nothing surprised me, except that I got hit at all. I think with a full camp I would have been flawless.

"He's got a lot of push (from the UFC), he's been doing great, he's got a lot of help behind him. I just wish I had the same push and the same help. I've been in this a long time, I've been here nine years and this was my 25th fight in the UFC and in the last few years I was curious as to when this was gonna pay off.

"Now it's time."

Asked about how hard McGregor's left hands were, Diaz gave the featherweight champion a patronising compliment.

"He punches hard. He's a hard hitting little guy but nothing I haven't felt before.

"If you aint taking me out, you're gonna get taken out."

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