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Morning Report: Conor McGregor says he ‘slapped the head off’ Nate Diaz, is ready for his revenge at 170

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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor says he was beating up Nate Diaz before his cardio issues caused him to lose and that next time he won’t make the same pre-fight mistakes.

Conor McGregor might be putting the Floyd Mayweather Jr talk on hold.

Though there has been much talk recently about the possibility of McGregor boxing Mayweather, it seems he still has his sights set on a rematch with Nate Diaz. Recently, McGregor spoke with ESPN about rematching Diaz and why he wanted to fight at 170 lbs. again.

“What kind of fighter would I be, if I said, ‘Hey, I didn’t get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155.’ I’ll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, I won’t do that.”

By most accounts, McGregor won the first round against Diaz, landing the more powerful offense; however, near the end of the first round Diaz began to surge while McGregor faded. In the second round Diaz began landing cleaner and more often, eventually rocking the featherweight champion with a right hand which led to the fight ending choke. But McGregor is of the belief that Diaz was almost defeated when he hit McGregor with the fight changing combination.

“The first eight minutes of the fight was easy. Let’s be honest, I slapped the head off him. Once the gas tank went, that was it. I drowned. He landed that one punch that rang the bell and went, ‘[Gasp,] I’m back.’ He was close to being done. One or two more shots and he would have been wrapped up.”

This is, in essence, a furthering of the answer McGregor gave in the immediate aftermath of the loss. In the post-fight interviews that evening, McGregor said it was his own mismanagement of energy and ….View full article

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