Nate Diaz blasts Conor McGregor for ‘STILL making the same mistakes he always has’ and claims Irishman fails to understanding his blueprint that Floyd Mayweather, Khabib and Dustin Poirier used to beat him
- Nate Diaz was first man to defeat Conor McGregor within the UFC back in 2016
- Irishman became fatigued before Diaz submitted him by rear-naked choke
- Diaz watched McGregor lose to Dustin Poirier in main event at UFC 257
- He thinks blueprint to overcome ‘Notorious’ remains the same as ever
Nate Diaz has taken a swipe at old rival Conor McGregor, claiming the Irishman is still yet to understand how he is getting beaten.
McGregor lost his first encounter with Diaz after suffering with fatigue and then submitting to a rear-naked choke.
And Diaz believes he established the blueprint to beat the former two-weight champion that has since been used by Floyd Mayweather, Khabib Nurmagomedov and now Dustin Poirier at UFC 257.
Conor McGregor (left) was cruising against Dustin Poirier but suffered a second round TKO
Nate Diaz believes he established the blueprint to beat McGregor in their first fight
‘I think he f****d up more than Dustin did anything good,’ he told ESPN. ‘He was landing shots and it looked in the bag to me but he still makes the same mistakes he always has.
‘I thought he did horribly [against Mayweather]; I thought he did everything that I and the other boxers thought he would do.
‘He went in there, punched himself out and got knocked out; he didn’t learn from what happened when I fought him.
‘Floyd Mayweather watched the blueprint on how to beat him. When the fight started, that’s what he did, he made him punch himself out, because that’s not how Mayweather fights. He’d read up on him like I read up on him.
‘I didn’t think Conor did a good job at all. He’d just lost to me like that and Floyd went out here and pushed the pace and Conor took the bait.
‘Conor did that with me, that’s what first exposed him, then he did it with Mayweather.’
Diaz then added that McGregor rushes too much and would benefit from staying patient.
He added: ‘He tried to make it last against Khabib, he took four rounds to finish him off; then he fought Dustin, he was dropping combinations on him but I think he was pushing the pace like he had it in the bag.
McGregor became tired in his fight with Khabib, who grappled with him and wore him down
‘That happens because he doesn’t want to be in there, he’s too anxious for the kill because he wants out, he should have slowed it down a little bit.’
McGregor suffered the defeat by Poirier after sustaining too many kicks to his calf, rendering him immobile, so Diaz’s assessment that he punched himself out does not quite ring true.
But clearly the Stockton fighter believes, having lost the rematch on the scorecards against McGregor, that he would seize victory in a trilogy bout.
Diaz recently hinted that he is keen to stay at welterweight, reducing the chances of a third fight with McGregor for the time being.
Diaz could one day fight McGregor for a third and final time in a trilogy fight
The UFC are understood to be leaning towards giving the 32-year-old a third fight with Poirier next to avenge the loss but Diaz thinks it is time for something different.
He continued: ‘This guy (McGregor) gets finished by me, finished by Khabib… the whole point of him fighting Poirier was to get a rematch against Khabib.
‘This guy gets rematches… it’s crazy. It’s time for something different. He was finished off, why should he get a rematch?’
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