The last time that Nate Diaz fought Conor McGregor he did so on 10 days notice. His lack of preparation didn’t matter, though, as he handed the Irishman his first UFC defeat.
Ahead of their rematch at UFC 202, Diaz isn’t planning to change much. The only difference to his regiment ahead of the fight? This time he’s actually going to train.
Diaz was on a yacht in Mexico enjoying a holiday when he got the call to replace the injured Jose Aldo ahead of UFC 196, and he was given little hope of beating McGregor. The Stockton native had other plans, though, and upset the UFC apple-cart when a second-round rear-naked choke saw McGregor beaten.
It wasn’t long before the UFC came calling again, this time asking for a rematch with McGregor at UFC 200.
“When it first got booked, I was like, ‘Man, they want to get me right back in there again and try to win this back and weed me out again.’ That’s how I felt,” Diaz said during The Exchange.
“Can I sit back for eight months and soak up some popularity and exposure and go on vacation and do what I gotta do?
“They were like, ‘We want this,’ and I was like why so quick? But I was like, whatever, and then the deals got done.”
The fight was pulled from the UFC 200 card after McGregor failed to meet his promotional obligations, and was later rescheduled to August 20.
With considerably more time to plan for his bout with the featherweight champion this time around, Diaz has returned to his normal training routine, and he doesn’t foresee any problems.
“I’m going to prepare, that’s about it,” Diaz said of the differences between the first fight and the rematch. “We’re going to see. The same thing I always say: My objective is to win, I’m going to train hard and try to get it done. I believe I’m the superior martial artist and I’m just going to go in there and get the job done.
“My plan is to win and do good, work hard and win the fight.”
If you aren’t yet excited about the McGregor v Diaz fight then you obviously haven’t watched this epic promo: