LAS VEGAS — In case there was any lingering doubt, footage of a furious Conor McGregor hammered home the point that Nate Diaz scored an early victory at UFC 202 fight week when he and his team stole the headlines from the pre-fight press conference by storming out and provoking the wild, bottle-throwing scene opposite Team McGregor.
Diaz’s training partner and UFC debutant Chris Avila was in the center of the confusion, and not surprisingly Avila enjoyed watching McGregor’s reaction after the Irishman realized the press conference had been brought to a premature end less than three minutes after the tardy UFC featherweight champion took his seat.
“He looked like he was throwing a tantrum after,” said Avila, who fights McGregor teammate Artem Lobov at UFC 202. “From the looks of it, Nate’s in his head, his tantrum yesterday and the fit he threw on stage.
“We’re 1-0 now. It’s started. It all starts when you get here, so we’re 1-0 right now. We won the press conference. Out of all the McGregor press conferences he’s ever had, he’s done lost them all with Nate. I don’t think people get that (how important the mental games are). That’s for them to not get. That’s their fault.”
Immediately after the press conference ended, UFC cameras captured McGregor stewing over the situation and asking UFC president Dana White why Diaz stormed out instead of keeping the action going. McGregor then unleashed an expletive filled rant towards Diaz at UFC 202’s open workouts, proclaiming, “f*ck the Diaz brothers, f*ck those cockroaches,” while Diaz simply shrugged off the incident as a matter of personal pride.
White said later that both Diaz and McGregor were in “big trouble” and could potentially face sanctions from the Nevada Athletic Commission. The ….View full article
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