Nate Diaz offers his thoughts.
Tonight is the night that all the trash talking comes to a close for the time being as Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will come to blows at UFC 229 in Paradise, Nevada for the UFC Lightweight Championship. The 26-0 Nurmagomedov and the 21-3 McGregor have traded barbs over the past number of weeks leading up to their fight. A plethora of fighters, pro wrestlers and athletes across the sporting world have chimed in and gave their opinions on who they believe will emerge victorious.
The latest to do that was a man who has done battle with Conor McGregor on various occasions and has had a physical altercation outside of the octagon with Khabib Nurmagomedov and that man is Nate Diaz. TMZ Sports caught up with Diaz to ask him his thoughts on tonight's fight and Diaz had the following to say:
“I already told you about them guys - I slapped the s**t out of both of them. They need to quit acting like they fu****s are running s**t. There’s one king of this motherfu***r and he’s right here." Diaz expressed. "I think that Conor has got a way better fight style and Khabib’s scared for his life so I don’t know how he’s gonna do with that. But he might get a hold - scared for his life and hold on for his life - I hope [that doesn’t] happen for the sake of fighting. We don’t need two boring ass fu****g champions.”
The Ultimate Fighter season 5 winner was then asked if he was rooting for a particular fighter in this bout and Diaz replied that he is hoping for a double knockout but if he had to choose, he would choose the "fighter" of the two and he was not referring to Khabib as a "fighter" in the slightest.
“I ain’t pulling for nobody. Double knockout as far as I’m concerned, but lets get a fight and not no bi**h ass hold on for your life, I work so hard - that boy [Khabib] ain’t fought nobody. He went and grabbed on and held on for his life on everybody. He fights like a scared little bi**h so I’m going for the fighter in this one. I’m not going for anyone, but as far as fight styles I’m going for the fighters usually." He said.
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