There’s no doubt that Conor McGregor was the UFC’s biggest payday for 2016 and it had a lot to do with the Irishman’s conflict with Stockton’s own Nate Diaz. The clash between two of the loudest mouths in the UFC gave way to some of the best trash-talking of the decade, and the continual bickering built a tremendous amount of hype around their first bout and subsequent rematch. Naturally, being involved in such a titanic clash exponentially raised Nate Diaz’ following and even now the UFC’s bad-boy is having a hard time staying out of the online wagering limelight, despite not even having a booked event.
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Diaz’ name had been floating around due to a potential match with Tony Ferguson, the man who got snubbed out of 2017’s biggest brawl when Nurmagomedov failed to make weight, but the fight was never inked. This Tuesday, Diaz decided to pay a little visit to Ariel Helwani on his podcast, The MMA Hour, to help clear up any misconceptions regarding the UFC’s bad-boy.
Living Up to His Name
“I gladly accepted and then it was gladly rejected,” Diaz told Helwani during his long hour interview, referencing the fight with Ferguson. “Cause it’s circumstances – cause it’s yeah I’ll fight him but [not] under these circumstances. Then I was ignored and then the rumors went on, and I was like why are the rumors still going if it’s not popping?
Specifically, Diaz has a growing suspicion that Ferguson and McGregor are in cahoots with one another. This stems from the fact that both Ferguson and McGregor share a manager, and with this in mind it’s clear that Diaz’ theory is far from unsubstantiated.
“They’re trying to pressure me to fight Tony Ferguson,” Diaz elaborated. “But what the [expletive] I’m going to cover for Conor McGregor and do his work while he’s out making [expletive] millions of dollars fighting boxers..? I’m not covering for you, bro.”
Diaz makes it clear that his thoughts will keep him out of the cage until Ferguson and McGregor face each other. The Stockton fighter made plenty of money in 2016 and has the funds to take a break from the UFC. Nevertheless, it wasn’t long until Ferguson had a reply for Diaz.
El Cucuy Responds
Ferguson’s respond was an endless tirade of insults aimed at calling Khabib, McGregor, and Diaz all a bunch of cowards. Additionally, Ferguson denied any collusion between his team and McGregor’s. Ferguson also let it be known that he’s not interested in the money fights and that he already makes plenty.
In the end, Ferguson defended his call out of Diaz by stating that the Stockton fighter defeated McGregor once and that it only seemed natural to call him out as Ferguson makes his way towards the belt.