Nick Diaz spoke to FOX Sports in a recent interview and explained what he saw as Conor McGregor was decisively beaten by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
Nick has a more intimate history with the Irishman than most, having coached his brother in a pair of riveting contests against Conor and as a result, he would have no doubt studied film on him extensively.
Speaking to FOX Sports, the elder Diaz brother explained what he saw from the Irishman last Saturday night and he feels like McGregor wasn’t at his very best.
“I don’t think Conor looked himself in that fight – when he was walking, first time I saw him on screen. I wanted him to win because I’m tired of seeing [Khabib’s] style win.
“To me, it’s a dirty fighting style.”
When asked to elaborate on what he felt it would take to defeat a fighter of Khabib’s strengths, Nick, of course, made it clear that both he and his brother would fit the bill.
“You have to have a certain type of style to beat that type of wrestler on the ground. McGregor is like brand-new on the bottom. I definitely think my brother could beat [Khabib], I know I can beat him.
“You have to be like McGregor but you have to be able to survive with that bottom game. He didn’t have a good defense on the bottom. He didn’t have the right formula on the bottom.”
Diaz, when he was competing, was known for his relentless forward pressure and insane cardio – two elements that combined to make him perhaps the most exciting fighter in the sport.
He does seem to take issue with Nurmagomedov’s style – something that contributed to him wishing his apparent foe McGregor the best before his eventual defeat at the hands of the Russian.
“If there are two things people want out of mixed martial arts right now, it’s more me and less you, the wrestlers, the defensive boxer who puts on a boring fight. It’s just a dirty way of fighting.
“You want someone giving them little hits so yea, I gotta take McGregor’s side on that one.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena