Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor had what was probably the MMA rivalry of 2016, and their status as rivals hasn’t decreased too much. In fact, it was not long ago that Diaz was rumored to be potentially walking Floyd Mayweather to the ring for his Aug. 26 boxing match with McGregor.
But in shocking fashion, Diaz has actually come to the defense of the UFC champion. Some members of the boxing community mocked McGregor for his arm muscle-loosening stance he showed off at a media workout. And while some feel it’s a bit of fun, Diaz is not pleased with any boxer who openly mocks The Notorious.
“Boxers are clowns sometimes now,” Diaz said. “I’m never taking the MMA fighters over the boxer’s side when it comes to punching and [explicit], but I’m like, don’t be talking [explicit]. [They say MMA fighters] ‘would get embarrassed, it’s ridiculous’ yeah, but we’re talking real fighting now you one-dimensional boxing [explicit]. This is real life [explicit], you’ll get embarrassed.
“And now all the boxers are criticizing Conor like ‘Conor will get embarrassed,’ but that’s a real arrogant thing to say. Wanna know something that’s even more embarrassing? Is if Floyd fought Conor in an MMA match. Would be more embarrassing than if Conor fought Floyd in a boxing match. [Floyd] would get mounted and laughed at, and slapped around [and Conor] would smile at the crowd and wave.”
Diaz also addressed comments made by former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi, who was helping McGregor train for the Mayweather bout until a photo leaking, during which claims that McGregor knocked down and had his way with Malignaggi, caused Malignaggi to leave. Malignaggi has since talked negatively about the UFC fighter and his camp, as well as UFC President Dana White.
“Conor should beat that guy’s ass,” Diaz said. “That guy was on the internet talking [explicit] on him the other day. I’m like, ‘What kind of sparring partners you got?’ I’d shove that guy in the gym and beat his ass if I was Conor, like, ‘What you’re going to put me on blast about what? You don’t know [explicit]. What gave you the right to talk [explicit], criticize if we’re working together when I could beat your ass for real?’
“Don’t even speak. That’s my thoughts.”
Original story: Bloody Elbow