Nate Diaz’s boxing coach says Conor McGregor will face an even tougher challenge against his fighter, should a rematch get booked for UFC 200.
During a recent interview on the Deep Waters Podcast coach Richard Perez said the fight would go even better for Diaz than the first one did, reports Fox Sport.
Diaz defeated the featherweight champion at UFC 196 with less than two weeks’ notice, reportedly accepting the mega-bout while vacationing in Mexico after Rafael dos Anjos withdrew with a foot injury.
The pair fought it out at 170 in the headline bout, with Diaz getting the victory via second round submission.
Perez told Deep Waters:
It would be better because we only had 11 days and we only trained for nine.
However, Perez thinks Diaz will look even better against the Notorious if the rumoured rematch does take place.
Usually, when someone gets two weeks’ notice, chances are they are going to lose.
But I had a lot of confidence in Nathan and Nathan had a lot of confidence in the way we train, and in the way he trains – he does bicycle riding, running, swimming.
Perez also believes McGregor would be better off defending his featherweight crown in his next trip to the Octagon.
He warned him that if he gets a rematch against Diaz, he should not expect the same fighter he fought at UFC 196:
If I were McGregor’s trainer, I’d say, let’s go back to 145. You’re awesome there. Fight Frankie Edgar or some top guy like that, but I guess they want a rematch. That’s going to be different.
That’s going to be different because, like you’re saying, he’d have a full camp. In a full camp, Nathan don’t mess around.
I guess we just wait for the inevitable response from McGregor’s camp now…