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Nate Diaz: Conor McGregor was ‘a shortcut,’ but ‘I was going to get my money regardless’

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Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor may be vastly different fighters from vastly different backgrounds, but despite all of the bad blood that has permeated throughout their rivalry, they share at least one thing in common — their respect for the almighty dollar.

In a way that is unique from most athletes in the UFC, Diaz and McGregor share a healthy understanding that business and the fight game are intertwined. And while it has taken a long road for Diaz to reach the kind of big paydays that come with events like UFC 196 and UFC 202, he is confident he would’ve gotten there with or without an assist from McGregor.

“This guy talks about all these fighters like they’re f*cking dumb, and he’s right, they’re all f*cking dumb,” Diaz said Friday on a UFC 202 conference call.

“I’m not one of those guys who sat around here f*cking taking contracts. I’ve been bitching about my contract for the last six years. I’ve been going through hell, so I knew I was going to get mine. When it was time to get mine, I was going to get what I was going to get regardless, and I had a plan to do it. It’s not thanks to Conor that I got all of this, but I’m going to say that was a shortcut.”

For Diaz, the path to the reimbursement of 2016 has been a long one.

The 31-year-old veteran spent a majority of the past three years on the sidelines, quarreling with the UFC over a contract that paid Diaz paltry disclosed figures for a veteran of his stature. However things finally changed last December, when Diaz upset Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17 and promptly called out McGregor with a profane rant on live national television.

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