Diaz: McGregor lucky to be getting rematch

Nate Diaz believes that Conor McGregor should consider himself very fortunate to be getting a rematch at UFC 200 on July 9.

Diaz brought McGregor’s unbeaten run in the UFC to an end at UFC 196 on March 5 when he made the Irishman submit in the second round of their welterweight bout.

However, the 30-year-old doesn’t understand how McGregor is being given an opportunity to avenge his loss while he has never received any rematches despite constantly requesting them.

“He’s lucky he’s getting a second chance,” Diaz told Yahoo Sports. “Me and a lot of other people who have lost before have never gotten that second chance. One and done. Lose a fight and you’ll never see that guy again.

“I wanted 10 rematches and I didn’t get those. So [expletive] no. He’s like a spoiled little kid. He should be thanking me for this [expletive] rematch.”

Diaz also made it clear that he doesn’t have more respect for McGregor even though the reigning featherweight champion went up two weight classes to face Diaz at UFC 196.

The Stockton native also believes that he humiliated McGregor during their bout last month and conceded that he wasn’t surprised that the Irishman wanted a rematch.

“[Expletive] no, it doesn’t,” Diaz said when asked if he has more respect for McGregor. “[Expletive] no! I’m sick of hearing this shit. Everybody’s talking that. Even [UFC president] Dana White is pushing it out there that they admire this.

“Yeah, 100 percent he wants redemption, but guess what? I’ve been 100 percent on redeeming myself in every loss I’ve had. They were like, ‘Don’t even call. You’re not getting a rematch.’ It wasn’t even a consideration.

“I don’t want to hear any more praise about that [expletive] wanting a rematch. Or course he wants a rematch, which is how you should be if you get your ass whipped by anyone.

“If you don’t feel like that, you shouldn’t even be in this [expletive] game. Redeem himself? [Expletive] no!”