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McGregor Explains How He Could Have Knocked Out Nate Diaz At UFC 196 If He Wasn’t So Tired
It’s been almost 3 months since Conor McGregor was choked out by Nate Diaz in the second-round at UFC 196. Conor swears he was only a couple punches away from knocking Diaz out, but couldn’t because he was gassed.
“The first eight minutes of the fight was easy,” McGregor told Brett Okamoto of ESPN. “Let’s be honest, I slapped the head off him. Once the gas tank went, that was it. I drowned. He landed that one punch that rang the bell and went, ‘(Gasp,) I’m back.’ He was close to being done. One or two more shots and he would have been wrapped up.”
“Swinging on gymnastic rings on fight week isn’t the best thing. Usually, I wrap myself in bubble wrap and only do fight-specific things, but just because of that weight, no weight cut, I had put it in my head that, ‘I’m free.’ I had energy to burn. I was doing so much bounce footwork, the balls of my feet were burned to a crisp. Looking back, it was ridiculous. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
While McGregor & Mayweather have been hinting at a possible matchup in the future, Conor has not dismissed a possible rematch with Nate Diaz at 170 lbs.
“What kind of fighter would I be, if I said, ‘Hey, I didn’t get you at 170, let me try to get you at 155.’ I’ll make my adjustments. I ate up to the weight. This time, I won’t do that.”
Conor has hired experts to monitor his cardiovascular output so that he won’t have the same issues he had the first time around.
“Look at me right now,” McGregor said. “Fish, red cabbage, asparagus — I’m nowhere near a fight ,and I’m on the clock with nutrition.”