Nate Diaz: 'I put a big old hole' in UFC's plans for Conor McGregor-GSP
Nate Diaz: 'I put a big old hole' in UFC's plans for Conor McGregor-GSP published by Evanvinh
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Nate Diaz says his stunning second-round victory over Conor McGregor at UFC 196 threw a wrench in the UFC's plans as he thinks they were setting up a massive fight between McGregor and UFC legend Georges St. Pierre this summer.
Diaz went on Chael Sonnen's "You're Welcome" podcast and explained his theory that St. Pierre was in attendance at UFC 196 so that after the fight he could come out of retirement and challenge McGregor at UFC 200.
"I put a big old hole in that s---," Diaz said. "What do you guys think that I'm some game to be played with? I've been in this game for too long to f--- with.
"Yeah, they had GSP there. We're gonna have this big old GSP-McGregor show bulls---. I don't even want to hear about that. GSP is gonna come out of f------ retirement to fight this little ass Conor McGregor? What the f---? This is all just a freak show now. So now what did I do? I pissed off Conor McGregor, I pissed off GSP and most of all I pissed off the UFC. But LOL m-----f------."
This isn't the first time Diaz has said he felt the UFC was upset with him winning the fight, even though Dana White says upsets are good for business, but this is a new theory from him on what the UFC was trying to set up.
His theory makes some sense. UFC 200 is being billed as the biggest card ever and bringing GSP out of retirement to face McGregor, who has become the biggest name in the sport, would certainly have built excitement for the event.
With Diaz winning, UFC 200 will be headlined by the rematch between Diaz and McGregor, as announced officially on Wednesday night. Diaz, who recorded this podcast prior to the announcement, did touch on the rematch and why he's "cool" with it, but also thinks McGregor is being "babied" by getting an immediate chance.
"I think the whole rematch thing is cool because they want to do it, because it's worth the money and everybody wants to see a big money fight, but I just think it's f---ed up, because I've lost a lot of funny decisions in my career that I thought I won or I was going to win," Diaz said. "I know I can beat anybody I lost to and I never got a rematch. This guy is getting babied."
You can listen to the full conversation between Diaz and Sonnen below.
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