It’s fair to say that the natural size difference between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor wasn’t particularly apparent until they met in the centre of the octagon one week ago.
The height and reach advantage that Diaz managed to possess over the UFC’s reigning featherweight king was pretty obvious and it seems this played a major role in the fight.
Speaking during a podcast with You’re Welcome, the retired American mixed martial artist claimed there was 14 to 15 pounds difference between the opponents.
Nate went to bed the night before the fight at 183-pounds. He probably got in to the cage at 181-pounds. Conor probably came in to the ring at 166-pounds. So you’re looking at about fourteen to fifteen pounds right there.
After the fight, McGregor himself acknowledged the size factor and it’s role in the evenings events. He said:
Usually, when I fight a man in the division I am champion in and they crumble under those shots. But Nate took them very well. I think the weight allowed him to take those shots well.
Considering he was at somewhat a disadvantage, Sonnen claimed that he felt McGregor’s ‘stock went up’ and criticised those who enjoyed his defeat. He added: “So many people were celebrating his loss, but they should have been celebrating the effort”.
Maybe that’s a point worth supporting.