Nate Diaz wasn’t about to let the day’s big news pass without issuing some kind of response.
Not long after the much-hyped boxing match between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather became official, Diaz took to Instagram to remind the world of his victory over “The Notorious” one at UFC 196 in March 2016.
“It’s gonna be a good fight for that #2 spot,” Diaz wrote as a caption to a picture taken after the Stockton, Calif., native submitted McGregor with a rear-naked choke 4:12 into the second-round of their welterweight bout at UFC 196.
In that contest, McGregor went head hunting in round one, but despite landing numerous left hands and uppercuts, he was never able to put Diaz out. In round two, the SBG Ireland native began to fade, and Diaz eventually stunned his foe with a left hand. Diaz continued the assault and forced McGregor to shoot for a takedown out of desperation. From there, Diaz moved to McGregor’s back and secured the fight-ending choke.
While McGregor was able to avenge the loss and win a majority decision over his rival in their rematch at UFC 202, Diaz remains the only person to defeat McGregor in the Octagon. When McGregor vs. Mayweather was still only a rumor, Diaz gave the SBG Ireland representative a slight chance against the boxing great.
“I’m just saying he’s got a puncher’s chance -- if anything,” Diaz said. “But as far as skill and technique, he’s got an amateur style and anybody can be good for nine, six, seven minutes. Anybody. They all have a puncher’s chance. This guy [Mayweather] is ready to go round after round and he’s a hard person to get a hold of. I think it’d be a rough one [for McGregor], but who knows?”
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