A new compilation video released recently proves beyond all doubt that despite the clear animosity that exists on the surface, true respect can be found beneath the rivalry between Conor McGregor and the brothers Diaz.
Last year’s UFC 196 and UFC 202 saw the blossoming of one of MMA’s most electric rivalries as Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz went 1-1 over the course of two absolutely thrilling contests where both men were pushed to their limits, in both the physical and mental sense of the word.
Both of the fights and the media frenzy that preceded them were filled to the brim with the constantly bubbling tension that brewed between these guys, and though security was needed on more than one occasion to prevent any potential altercations, everything from the vicious back-and-forths to the now-infamous ‘bottle-gate’ incident helped mold this fiery duo into one of the most memorable pairings in recent times.
So with their third and final match-up still to be settled, all we can do in the meantime as far as McGregor-Diaz is concerned is remind ourselves of the numerous gifts they have given us to date and now, a recent compilation video made by the YouTube channel JFcombat has chronicled the respect that has always existed between the Irishman and the brothers Diaz. Although the friction they’ve displayed on several occasions is very real, the underlying acceptance between these true fighters is pretty plain in sight.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena