Thursday 8 December 2016

Nate Diaz: The UFC want to baby Conor McGregor... they give him whatever he wants

Published 01/04/2016 | 10:07

Conor McGregor wanted another crack at Nate Diaz
Conor McGregor wanted another crack at Nate Diaz

Nate Diaz is confident of reaffirming his dominance over Conor McGregor at UFC 200 and has accused the UFC of mollycoddling the Irishman.

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McGregor suffered the first defeat of his UFC career when he was choked out by the American at UFC 196 in the second round of their welterweight contest on March 5.

Despite the urgings of UFC president Dana White, who says he has become 'obsessed' and his coach John Kavanagh, McGregor will fight Diaz once more at 170lb rather than return to 145lb to defend his featherweight crown.

Asked whether he had gained more respect for the Notorious for wanting to fight him again at 170lb rather than 155lb, he told Yahoo Sports: "[Expletive] no, it doesn't.

"[Expletive] no! I'm sick of hearing this shit. Everybody's talking that. Even [UFC president] Dana White is pushing it out there that they admire this. Yeah, 100 percent he wants redemption, but guess what? I've been 100 percent on redeeming myself in every loss I've had. They were like, 'Don't even call. You're not getting a rematch.' It wasn't even a consideration. I don't want to hear any more praise about that [expletive] wanting a rematch. Or course he wants a rematch, which is how you should be if you get your ass whipped by anyone.

"If you don't feel like that, you shouldn't even be in this [expletive] game. Redeem himself? [Expletive] no! He's lucky he's getting a second chance. Me and a lot of other people who have lost before have never gotten that second chance. One and done. Lose a fight and you'll never see that guy again. I wanted 10 rematches and I didn't get those. So [expletive] no. He's like a spoiled little kid. He should be thanking me for this [expletive] rematch."

Diaz revealed that he wanted to face Rafael Dos Anjos for the lightweight belt at UFC 200 but claimed that the UFC were giving McGregor what he wants and he would have to beat the Dubliner before looking to gain revenge on the Brazilian for his defeat in 2014.

"Without a question [I asked for a dos Anjos rematch], but they [expletive] want to baby McGregor," Diaz added. "They give him whatever he wants. I decided I'm not going to hold out like everyone else. I'm going to get down to business, slap this [expletive] and then be on my way and get my rematches."

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