Monday 18 December 2017

Conor McGregor: If Diaz is still conscious when he hits the mat, I will crush his hips and strangle him

Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz continued their verbal fisticuffs after the UFC 196 pre-fight press conference in Las Vegas, though the Dublin fighter admitted all the talk was “bulls*. **”.

UFC president Dana White was forced to intervene between the two men yesterday as tensions threatened to spill over between the pair.

McGregor had spent much of the gathering goading his veteran rival, painting him as a wounded gazelle who he was ready to devour on Saturday night's pay-per-view bout. As the pair came face to face with UFC supreme Dana White for a photo opportunity, Diaz's outstretched fist brushed McGregor's face. The Dubliner responded by pushing the Californian back with a swing of his arm, which sparked both camps to storm the stage before order was eventually restored.

Speaking on Fox Sports Live afterwards, McGregor admitted that he had no problem with Diaz, that it was simply “business”.

“There’s no emotions in it,” he told viewers.

“I’ve no problem with him. I’m going to slap the head off him. It’s business as usual. I’ll bury him… I’m going to bury this chump on Saturday night.

“If he’s still conscious when he hits the mat, I will crush his hips and pass his guard and mount him and strangle him…like a boa constrictor wrapped around his long frame.”

McGregor, who taunted his opponent by suggesting his socks were worth more than Diaz’s entire outfit, did concede that the time for talking was over.

“The talking is done. We need to fight now…This is just bulls*** all this, just going back and forth. We’re ready to fight now. It’s sold, let’s f***ing do this.”

Diaz responded to ‘The Notorious’ by stating that “rich kids" should keep away from the sport.

“Rich kids shouldn’t fight ever, real people fight. Real fighters fight. You were born rich.”

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