Nate Diaz wasn't supposed to beat Conor McGregor, and he knows that.
In a new interview with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports, Diaz talks about his upcoming UFC 202 rematch with Conor McGregor. During the interview, Diaz speaks candidly about changing the UFC's plans, and pumping the brakes on Conor McGregor's welterweight future.
"I fucked up everyone's plan by winning that fight. I was like, ‘Ha, ha, you motherfuckers, call me for the next one, you better come with something good.' I don't give a fuck. You didn't give me enough money but I come from a place with no money and you give me too much money. I don't give a fuck about making more. I am doing better than I was ever supposed to do,” Diaz said.
The Nate Diaz mantra used to be “fight anyone, anywhere, for free,” something that changed. Diaz said that he saw his value, and the game changed for him.
"People will say, ‘I'll fight anybody, I love to fight.' You love to fight? Fuck that. People say that – and, yeah, I said that. And I woke up. It takes a lot of fighting to wake up. ‘I'll fight anybody for free? I'll fight anybody?' That's what [the UFC] wants. That's what pads their bottom line. Then I realized, ‘Fuck you, you're playing me,'” Diaz said.
Diaz will face UFC Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor in a non-title rematch at 170 pounds on August 20 at UFC 202 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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