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Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz exchange barbs at press conference: ‘He’s like a scared little boy’

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LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz nearly came to blows Thursday after a pre-fight UFC 196 press conference. McGregor slapped Diaz’s hand away during a faceoff and security had to separate the two men — and their teams.

But before the scuffle, the words were nearly as heated. McGregor went on the verbal attack when the two came together for the first time last week in Los Angeles. And he ramped it up to 11 on Thursday.

“Now, as the fight comes closer, he’s like a scared little boy,” McGregor said inside the MGM Grand’s David Copperfield Theater. “Trying to pass the spotlight off, trying to pass the spotlight onto Nick, trying to pass the spotlight onto Rickson [Gracie] and his son (Kron). Even that little skinny twerp that he does the open workout, he even tried to plug him at the last press conference. He’s trying to pass the limelight. That’s what the man does when he’s scared.”

Diaz shot back that he’s not trying to pass the spotlight, just highlighting his elite training partners. He questioned who McGregor trains with, taking shots at McGregor’s movement coach Ido Portal and his unorthodox techniques.

“You’re playing touch butt with that dork in the park with the ponytail,” Diaz said. “And I’m the one who don’t have training partners? I don’t think so. … The JV squad on my team would beat your team’s ass.”

McGregor said Diaz’s team was made up of of “juiceheads and bums.” Last week, after Diaz accused him of being on steroids, McGregor said that Gilbert Melendez and Jake Shields, Diaz’s teammates, both failed drug tests over the last few years.

“I’d slap the head off your whole team, one by one,” McGregor said. “You and your big brother.”

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