LAS VEGAS — The twists and turns of the fight game never cease to amaze. Six months ago, the notion of a Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor rivalry was a pipe dream, a bit of fantasy matchmaking that sounded fun but never made much tangible sense. But now? At this rate, the blood feud between the 209 and fighting pride of Ireland has a chance to go down as one of the most unforgettable rivalries over the past decade.
Consider everything we have seen since that first February press conference in that makeshift UFC Gym. The fist punch, the money channel. The upset, the false retirement. The empty chair that signaled the end of the road, then the bottle brawl that picked up business right where it left off. But still, a rivalry is only a true rivalry when victory has been tasted by both sides, and it will be up to McGregor to prove at UFC 202 that what he shares with Diaz is exactly that, rather than simply one fighter who has another’s number.
And curiously enough, when we turned to McGregor’s UFC 202 peers for their thoughts on having a front row seat to the spectacle, opinion was split about the theatrics that have overtaken fight week. But when that same opinion was asked of McGregor’s chances at revenge against Diaz… well, those peers weren’t so generous.
Tim Means: You know McGregor tries to play the mind warfare, but you can’t do that with the Diaz guys. They actually feed off that and their energy gets better. I think throwing the bottles and all of that, the people who didn’t want to buy the pay-per-view, they’re going to buy it now. Two guys who dislike each other, it’s ….View full article
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