What a night UFC 202 turned out to be.
Headlined by the highly anticipated McGregor-Diaz II, the bout did not disappoint, with 25 minutes of brutal MMA which saw both fighters reveal their respect of one another in the post-fight interviews.
Speaking to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani for the latest MMA Hour, Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh claimed Diaz aimed an expletive outburst at ‘The Notorious’ Irishman’s corner…
There was a funny part in the fight, I don’t know if it was picked up or not, but they were in our corner and Conor had thrown a turning side kick which wasn’t part of the gameplan at all and I shouted at Conor ‘Gameplan! Gameplan! Stick to the gameplan.’
And in the midst of all that madness, Nate looks down at me and goes ‘Fuck you and your gameplan!’
It was a crazy moment. I’m having a conversation with him and at the same time his eyes are all over the place…That was deep in round four.
I was looking at him taking these heavy, heavy shots and walking forward and smiling. In my head I’m thinking I’m glad I’m on the outside here because this is insane that Conor has hit him with everything.
It’s an incredible ability that Nate has and that’s why I think it’s the toughest fight because at 155 lbs or 145 lbs, anyone else that Conor lands those shots on, which he will, they’re all going to go down. Only Nate can take those.
Nothing but mutual respect and love these days, but I think that sentiment will be long gone when the final chapter of the expected trilogy is announced…
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.