Conor McGregor has extended words of respect to his great rival Nate Diaz, who successfully returned to the octagon at last weekend’s UFC 241.
These two have been through it all together – contesting a pair of instant classic showdowns that saw each man pushed to their respective limits over the course of seven rounds.
And while Nate has cut something of a quiet figure in the time since their second clash at UFC 202, after returning with an impressive victory over Anthony Pettis at UFC 241, in many ways he has managed to prove exactly how huge a star he is.
McGregor spoke to ESPN‘s Ariel Helwani in a far-reaching interview in which he broke down several of the key talking-points surrounding him right now but in one particularly memorable moment, he gave credit to Nate and his brother Nick for their approach to the fight-game.
“I’m looking for inspiration everywhere. Like I said, I took great motivation from watching Nate do this thing. Looking at Nate, there were many things that were inspirational about that whole performance from Nate but one of the most important things was that the very thing he said post-fight was ‘the Nick Diaz army”.
“He gave a shout-out to his brother. I hope his brother is doing well, I hope Nick is doing well. He’s a soldier of the game – of the real fight game. He gave him respect straight off the bat.
“That’s why the fans love Nate. That’s why I love and respect Nate.”
If the 41-minute run-time is something you find off-putting, do not fear, for we have managed to compile the ten major talking-points from what was an intriguing look into the current mindset of the former champion.
Read our summary of the interview here.