Nick Diaz says if he had been allowed to be in his brother Nate's corner for his rematch with Conor McGregor, the outcome of the fight would have been different.
The elder Diaz brother was banned from cageside after not paying a fine to the Nevada State Athletic Commission following his 18-month suspension for a failed drug test for marijuana.
Had he been there, Diaz believes, the outcome would have been very different.
"It's just like one inch. That's the difference on how that fight could have gone and as far as I'm concerned, I definitely would have been that inch. They just wanted to keep me out of there. It would have definitely helped him out a lot," Diaz told "The Opie Show" this week.
"I was seeing things in that fight that I would have called and told him. Like I was seeing things that he wasn't seeing ‘cause I do these things and I know how they work out for me. It's kind of like a formula. It's like this is what you do. Come the third or fourth round if I would have been there, I think we would have been able to put it together and get that guy out of there."
While Nick did not want to place all the blame on Gilbert Melendez, who ended up stepping up to corner Nate, he is confident he could have made the difference.
"The thing is (Gilbert) Melendez is there and the thing about Melendez, he's great, he's really smart, he knows what he's looking at but they're training partners so they're kind of opposites stylistically cause he's more of a wrestler. He goes on top. So the things that Gilbert would tell him to do is more of what Gilbert would do. Like what I would tell him to do is more of what he would do," Diaz said.
"I'm not saying that it wasn't helping having Gilbert there telling him to do the wrong stuff. Gilbert wasn't necessarily telling him to do the wrong stuff, he just wasn't seeing the things that I was seeing. That was kind of rough. It's tough enough to watch the fight and I'm being there watching on TV and can't do anything."
Nick says he would have gotten his brother to be more aware of McGregor's tactics during the fight, which was to wait for Nate to attack and hurt him with counter punches.
"I would have told him not to throw punches at that dude at all because he's going to sit there and watch you and try to counter everything," Diaz said. "All you've got to do is fake at him and flick at him and (expletive) with him and that's how you do that. He went out there and he just didn’t have it together in the first round. I think I could have clicked him into the right mindset. Plus me standing in front of him, fooling around with him, my right hand forward, we all three stand the same way. So he doesn't have anybody else like that to kind of work with him.
"I just think it definitely would have helped out to have me there a little bit."
Nick admits it was not easy having to watch the fight from a suite at the MGM Grand a few blocks away from the Arena.
"It was rough," Diaz said. "I thought he had him out of there for sure at one point in time in the third round I guess. It was like there's no way you're coming back from that."