Khabib Nurmagomedov was completely dismissive of Nate Diaz and his recent attacks on him via social media, highlighting the inconsistency of his career in a recent interview.
When you’re a fighter with a record as impressive as Khabib’s, I suppose it’s understandable that you view losses as the collector’s items of lesser athletes and after their public social media feud a few days back, people were wondering whether we would ever see a matchup between the only two men to have defeated Conor McGregor inside the UFC octagon.
Nate had a go at the Russian champion via Twitter when he himself had taken a dig at the man Diaz submitted at UFC 196, McGregor.
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 12, 2019
Diaz responded to Khabib’s dig at their shared rival with a reminder of a rather ugly brawl that took place between each of their respective crews during a World Series Of Fighting event in 2015.
Khabib then responded with a video of Nate in the middle of the skirmish.
You was hiding behind security and ran away coward, it’s clear on the video. We just smashed your team that night you punk pic.twitter.com/xvJoO8thxo
— khabib nurmagomedov (@TeamKhabib) January 13, 2019
To which Nate responded:
You know what happened live with it 😊👋
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 13, 2019
Speaking to Submission Radio, Nurmagomedov explained how unimpressed he is with Nate and his 19-11 professional record – citing the fact that he has lost against many of the elite fighters at both lightweight and welterweight in the past.
“No, I don’t know. Like, people forgot about him. That’s why he tried to be on media, like, try to trash talk me and something like this.
“We all know about him. How many times he lose? Like, 12 or 11? Like, everybody, all top fighters beat him.
“Like, Rory MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Dos Anjos, Conor. Everybody beat him. Like, forget about him.”
Nate’s biggest wins have come against Conor McGregor, Gray Maynard, Takanori Gomi, Donald Cerrone, Michael Johnson, and Jim Miller but as Khabib pointed out, the 11 losses on his record do catch the eye.
With that being said, however, the Nate Diaz who stepped in there against Michael Johnson after a layoff that lasted about a year seemed to be a reinvigorated fighter and, of course, the two fights against Conor McGregor that followed soon-after showcased a man well and truly in his athletic prime.
The problem now is his inactivity, yes, but let’s not forget that neither Diaz brother has ever pulled out of the fight upon its official booking and also that it was Poirier who pulled out at UFC 230.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena