No matter what Nate Diaz says about UFC 229’s massive main event, the “Stockton Slapper” will be watching closely tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) when Conor McGregor makes his Octagon return against undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Currently scheduled to fight streaking contender Dustin Poirier at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 from New York City, Diaz presumably has the inside track at the winner of McGregor vs. Khabib should he get past “Diamond” next month. It’s a great position to be in for a fighter who hasn’t competed since UFC 202 two years ago, but Diaz feels like he should be the one calling all the shots.
“I already told you about those guys, I slapped the shit out of both of them,” Diaz told TMZ Sports (shown above). “They need to quit acting like them motherf*ckers are running shit. There’s one king in this motherf*cker and he’s right here.”
Diaz went a little deeper and gave his outlook on McGregor vs. Khabib.
“I think Conor’s got a way better fighting style,” he said. “Khabib’s scared for his life, so I don’t know how good he’s going to do with that. He might get scared and hold on for his life. I hope that’s not happening for the sake of fighting. We don’t need two boring ass champions.”
When asked who he would like to see win UFC 229’s main event, Diaz revealed he wants both fighters to knock each other out. With that unlikely to happen, the UFC veteran is leaning towards whichever fighter shows up to scrap.
“I ain’t pulling for nobody,” Diaz said. “Double knockout as far as I’m concerned. But let’s get something. Let’s get a fight. No bitch-ass hold on for your life, ‘I work so hard’… That boy [Nurmagomedov] ain’t fought nobody. He went and grabbed on for his life against everybody. He fights like a scared little bitch. I’m going for the fighters in this one.”
“I’m not going for anyone, but as far as fighting style, I got for the fighters usually.”
With McGregor recently expressing interest in a trilogy bout with Diaz, who has split two previous Octagon meetings with “Notorious,” Diaz should want the Irishman to pull out the win at UFC 229. A trilogy bout between the two would likely produce better PPV numbers than McGregor vs. Khabib and close out one of the biggest rivalries in MMA history.
Surprisingly, Diaz isn’t that interested in a third bout with McGregor.
“I ain’t fighting no trilogy,” he said. “He already got his ass whipped. He can fight everybody else, I got shit to do too.”
Diaz also confirmed that he has limited interest in a showdown with Khabib.
“I don’t wanna fight no boring ass fighter,” he said. “I already slapped the guy on the street and that motherf*cker didn’t do shit. And then he tried to roll up with his boys and I slapped all those motherfuckers too. Pussies.”
While Diaz has always been the type of fighter to march to the beat of his own drum, it’s highly unlikely that the lightweight fan favorite would bypass a lucrative grudge match with McGregor or a title fight opposite Khabib. Either fight makes sense for Diaz if he’s able to defeat Poirier at UFC 230.
We’ll have to wait and see who comes out on top at UFC 229 and if Diaz changes his tune post-fight.
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