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Back in March, Nate Diaz defeated Conor McGregor in the second round by submission at UFC 196. Since then, it’s been a war of words, fake retirements, Mayweather-McGregor rumors, and on Saturday McGregor was talking yet again.
During an event promoting coach John Kavanagh’s book, McGregor wanted it to be known that his upcoming matchup at UFC 202 will have a much different result than the first at UFC 196.
“I’m feeling very confident in myself that I’ll go in and I’ll toy with this man,” McGregor said, according to Marc Raimondi of MMAFighting.com. “Eight minutes of the fight, I was toying with him. That fadeaway left hand that he caught me with, my senses were still there. It was almost like a fatigue thing that my balance was gone.”
“I always look back and question and say, what would have happened if I would have just weathered the storm? He was one or two shots being done, I feel. I feel when that left hand hit, he got this burst of energy. You can see it in his corner, they went insane. It was like they won the lotto. Then I took a couple shots and I shot [for a takedown] and I ended up in that guillotine and then it was just downhill from there. I wonder what would have happened if I just kept my hands up, I kept circling, took the smacks and survived. Eventually his energy that he gained from that left-hand shot would have dipped again and then round three would have began. There’s a lot of questions and stuff I’m confident I can improve next time. I’m going in here confident that I will get this rematch back.”
“I was almost like, I don’t have to make weight, I can train all day long,” McGregor said. “So we were doing 6-to-8-hour sessions on fight week, swinging on gymnastic rings. Looking back, it wasn’t the best idea and it came back and bit me in the ass. … I was a little bit heavy in the midsection, I was overtrained, my diet wasn’t great and it came back and bit me in the ass. But as coach always says, we win or we learn, and I have learned and I am focused. I’m staying on my nutrition. I’m very fight-orientated. I’m not swinging on gymnastic rings too much and I certainly won’t be doing it on fight week.”
At UFC 202 on August 20th in Las Vegas, there will be nothing else left to say as these two hop into the octagon together once again.