Count Brian Stann among those who feel the UFC made the correct call in giving Nate Diaz the replacement nod against Conor McGregor.
There were several option to replace injured lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos against the featherweight champion on Saturday at UFC 196 in Las Vegas, But the way Stann, the popular FOX analyst and former WEC light heavyweight champion, saw it, the people wanted Diaz and the UFC catered to what the people wanted.
“As much as I’d be intrigued for Donald Cerrone, who was in shape to sell the fight, there was more noise from the fans who wanted to see the Nate Diaz fight,” Stann said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “And they spend more money to see Nate Diaz. I think Donald Cerrone was willing to fight him, but they spent money to make the fight the fans wanted to see.”
When you add all the factors together, Diaz simply made the most sense, Stann says.
“Nate Diaz did a lot for himself going on FOX and having an expletive-filled post-fight speech calling out Conor McGregor,” Stann said. “And that’s just a fact, these Diaz brothers have a massive following and they deserve it. They’ve fought for a long time and they’ve won an awful lot of fights, and again, different than Michael Bisping does. They find a way to make every fight personal, they make people want to see them fight. I think they made the right decision, while I would like to see other guys get a shot at him, I think Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor sells the most.”
The bout, of course, will be contested at lightweight, a concession to the fact Diaz accepted the fight on two weeks’ notice. While McGregor is jumping two weight classes to ….View full article
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