Conor McGregor is mad, man. Yesterday, the pre-fight press conference for his UFC 202 rematch with Nate Diaz was cancelled when McGregor, after showing up late, started chucking water bottles at Nate Diaz. The scene went sideways in a hurry as Dana White struggled to gain control over the chaos.
Things just got real between Diaz and McGregor at the UFC 202 press conference. pic.twitter.com/cxD8yYBl4W
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) August 17, 2016
Today, McGregor joined the Herd to talk about his long awaited, and globally anticipated rematch with Nate Diaz that is set to finally go down this Saturday. One thing is very clear, the hate between him and Nate Diaz is real.
Nick Wright, who was filling in for Colin, asked McGregor what fans should expect when he and Diaz get in the Octagon, after Diaz got the best of him in their first fight.
In typical McGregor fashion he was confident, predicting he’ll take down Diaz within two rounds.
“I have already decided I’ve won. in my mind I am strong and I am going in here to be victorious. Not only that, it will be inside two rounds, and that’s against a man that has a win over me. That’s mental strength.”
McGregor explained that he is confident in his prediction because he had Nate Diaz dead to rights in the first fight and didn’t finish him off. He doesn’t plan on letting that happen again.
“He was almost done. He was almost done in the second round. I feel with this new, correct approach, he won’t get out of that second round.”
When asked if he thought that his presence in the sport contributed to the massive $4 billion dollar price tag in the recent sale of the UFC, McGregor gave proper due to Dana White and the Fertitta brothers for building the foundation of the sport, but he strongly believes he was a significant factor in the sport’s appeal to new investors.
“There’s no doubt that I am a big reason why that price tag was $4 billion. 2015 was McGregor breaking every record in the book. Bringing in all the pay per view, all the gate records. All the TV records. And then, in early 2016, it sold for $4 billion? You best believe that the new buyers, the people who bought it have Conor McGregor at the forefront of their minds. So I have no doubt that I was a big part to play in that.”
McGregor/Diaz, UFC 202, Saturday. This year’s Fight of the Century. You already knew that.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 18, 2016