McGregor predicts quick knockout of Diaz
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz were chirping each other off pretty good on Wednesday; there were even allegations of steroid use ahead of their non-title fight at UFC 196 March 5.
Diaz was named as a replacement for injured Brazilian UFC lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos in the March 5 fight and McGregor was quick to offer a prediction.
“His soft body and his lack of preparation, he will not be able to handle the ferocity. End of the first I feel he will be put away,” McGregor told a news conference at the UFC Gym in Torrance, California.
“There’s a respect there between us but it’s business in there and business is business. He will be KO’d inside the first round.”
McGregor, a featherweight champion who is unbeaten in seven UFC fights, was looking to make history against Dos Anjos by becoming the first fighter to hold titles in multiple weight classes simultaneously.
During the conference, Diaz, sitting across from McGregor, randomly stated that everyone in the Ultimate Fighting Championship is on steroids.
McGregor shot back immediately: “Steroids? What are you talking about steroids? Don’t be putting my name with steroids,” he said. “I’m major against that. Don’t put my name in the name of steroids, Nate.”
Before the end of the news conference, McGregor belittled the injury to Dos Anjos.
“Dos Anjos has a bruise on his foot. Did ya see it? It’s a bruise. Ice. Ibuprofen,” said McGregor. “If I jumped under an X-ray, the doctor would slap me and say: ‘What are you doing, kid? Get out of here! Stop this.'”
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