Conor McGregor is out. Nate Diaz is in.
That’s according to podcaster, stand-up comedian, and former UFC heavyweight fighter Brendan Schaub.
In a new episode of his Below The Belt podcast, Schaub discussed Nate’s exciting UFC 241 win over Anthony Pettis and how he’s the new hotness when it comes to the affections of MMA fans around the world.
“I think now because what Conor’s doing we’re all like, ‘alright man, we’re out.’” Schaub said (via MMA News). “And then Nate Diaz somehow gone from heel to [face] and we’re like, we’re rooting for him. We want him to get paid, we want to see him fight big fights.
Unlike his pal and podcast papa Joe Rogan, Brendan feels like McGregor’s recent missteps (which include punching an older gentleman at a pub for insulting his whiskey) are a bridge too far as far and destroying his base of support. Now that Nate Diaz is back and active, he’s picking up that fan enthusiasm.
”Yeah you’re kinda like, ‘holy f*ck. Nate Diaz is the good dude here.’ Just because what Conor, all the shenanigans he’s done. And for me to go, ‘dude I can’t defend you’ is a truckload.”
The pub suckerpunch is just the latest in a series of troubling incidents for McGregor. He stole someone’s cellphone outside a nightclub and smashed it on the pavement, earning himself another arrest in the process. Before that he jumped into the Bellator cage and shoved a referee when he disagreed with the way a training partner’s bout ended.
And then there’s the extremely troubling investigations into what happened in an Irish hotel at the end of 2018. It’s beyond heel and babyface. What decent person could support McGregor through that?
It’s a question that we’ll be asking ourselves more and more should Conor go through with his plans to get back into the cage, possibly as soon as the end of the year but more realistically in the first quarter of 2020.
What do you think, Maniacs? Is it Diaz all the way and stuff that “Notorious” guy?