Following the brief but explosive UFC 202 press conference, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz have spoken out about the melee.
‘The Notorious’ arrived just shy of thirty minutes late, which clearly pissed off both Nate and Dana White, and shortly after the Irishman picked up a mic, Diaz left the scene.
Diaz, backed up by his brother Nick, then started calling McGregor out from the crowd – bottles began to fly back and forth, and McGregor then hurled cans of energy drink in the brothers’ direction.
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As reported by MMA Mania, McGregor has shared his thoughts on the incident – suggesting it could have been staged by Nate on the request of his big bro.
It was handbags — if they want to fight, let’s fight. I just saw bottles being thrown and I was like, ‘really? fuck that, if you want to throw bottles, I’ll throw cans.’
It was all in self defense. I was scared for my life [just kidding]. Yeah, it was probably [staged by Nate Diaz].
Meanwhile, Nate’s evaluation of the scene was short and sweet.
As reported by MMA Fighting, he told UFC Tonight:
Like I said, that guy [McGregor] walks in like he was the show. But I thought the show was over, so I left the show.
The Stockton fighter added on the rematch:
It’s the same guy versus the same guy, it’s whatever, I don’t care.
I’m too real for this whole game, and they can’t have a guy like me winning because look at what’s happening. I get paid finally, I’ve been stuck in contracts for years, and then they sell the UFC.
It’s changing baby, and it’s because of what’s going on here. And if people don’t recognize that they’re tripping. And the same thing, that’s why they threw me right back in there, they want to weed me out and get me out of here before it gets too big.
But it’s already an unstoppable force that’s going at a high pace, so the game is in trouble with someone like me winning. So that’s why. They know me and they know that, they hope I don’t win.
It’s all good either way though because I cannot be killed and regardless, win or lose, which I plan on winning, my voice is still going to be heard. My mic got too big to not be heard.
Nick has added his two cents to the debate too via social media, tweeting video with a young fight fan alleging the child was struck with a bottle by McGregor.
He says in his video to the featherweight champion:
Bro, why are you hitting kids with bottles?
The petty back and forth will finally come to a head this Saturday night (August 20), as Diaz-McGregor II takes place at the T-Mobile arena.
An NCTJ Journalist with an MA in Sports Journalism, Kieron is an experienced social media journalist who has worked in the industry since 2015. His experience includes work with ITN, the MEN, WISH/WIRE/TOWER FM, and 8:50 Sports Digest… not forgetting his time at ASDA.