Nate Diaz and Eddie Alvarez may have somewhat of a rivalry building, but big brother Nick Diaz isn’t holding that against the former lightweight champion of the world.
In fact, during a recent interview on The Jasta Show, Nick revealed that he actually liked Alvarez and doesn’t have anything negative to say about him. However, when talking about his performance at UFC 205 against Conor McGregor in what was his first-ever title defense, Diaz had plenty to say.
In his view, Nick seems to think that Alvarez was putting too much effort in things other than fighting since he’s a full-time family man, too, which may have played a big part in his loss (see it again here). It’s something Diaz says affects a lot of fighters who are trying to make it to the top of the game.
"I have nothing against Alvarez. Like, I like Alvarez, I’ve never had anything bad to say about him. He kind of started popping off about, I don’t care. He can say whatever he wants. I'm just disappointed in him for the fight. Like I want to feel sorry for him. I want to go 'Man I feel bad for you but what do you think you're going to get?' I don’t want to disrespect Eddie Alvarez. What I'm saying is that he's invested a lot of his time and efforts elsewhere and not in fighting. And in the time leading up to the fight, I think McGregor put a lot more time and understanding into it and he was a lot more in-tune with his understanding where Eddie Alvarez thinks he's a winner and wants to believe that. McGregor knows why he's a winner and knows why he believes that. Like, for me, I have to base my faith in stuff that works and shit I can see and stuff that I know. I’m not like, ‘I’m going to win by pumping myself up.’ I think about what’s going on out there. I see it, I know what I’m looking at. I think all the other people, there is just not enough time in the day for them to do what I do and have a whole life on the side, which is for sure what he’s got. The majority of fighters have that, and they think they need that. And I understand, I needed that, too, I’ve had long relationships. But at the same time, I had one foot in the door and one foot in the cage. Thse guys are waist deep in that shit and the other half is going into fighting. It’s like, I will beat you into the ground in front of your whole life that I don’t get to have. I don’t have that. That’s just how I look at it. It’s not a good thing, and it’s not a bad thing. It’s just not the end of the world is how I look at it. It’s a curse, it’s fucked and if I do it right I can fucking make some money."
Luke Rockhold shares Nick’s sentiments, as he once tried to downplay Chris Weidman’s ability to focus on their big title fight rematch since he was so busy outside of the cage being a family man, as well.
Rockhold had previously dominated and defeated "All American" at UFC 194.
Then again, Weidman did defeat perhaps the greatest fighter to ever live, Anderson Silva, on two separate occasions, so trying to be a husband, wife, father, or mother all while trying to be champion at highest level doesn’t really correlate.
Or does it?
Nevertheless, it’s something Conor McGregor will soon figure out for himself.