Boxing coach Richard Perez told Submission Radio of his misgivings with the judging of his charges’ rematch with Conor McGregor.
Camp Diaz have maintained their belief that Nate Diaz prevailed at UFC 202, with the man himself claiming that he’s 2-0 in the feud with Conor McGregor.
Not only does Richard Perez concur with this, he also deems Diaz’s reported injuries heading into August 20 as debilitating to the extent that the Stockton scrapper was in worse condition than he was prior to UFC 196 (where he only had eleven days of training to prepare).
Diaz revealed after his bout that a knee injury prevented him from running, while a strike received during sparring injured his rib.
For his part, a frustrated Perez accused Conor McGregor of ‘running’ during the fight, and used a lot of ‘if’s in his assessment of it.
“If Nate wasn’t injured, McGregor would’ve got stopped,” he told Submission Radio.
“If it went another 30 seconds, Nate would’ve tapped him out because Conor was ready to go anyway.
“He was in good shape before the second fight, but the knee set him back along with the rib. He couldn’t train for the last three weeks. Nate couldn’t back out because he’d be sidelined and they’d have gave someone else the chance like they did with Dos Anjos.”
Perez revealed that he scored the last three rounds to Diaz, and accused the judges of prioritising a third money-spinning fight over judging proceedings objectively.
“You can’t win a round by running,” he continued.
“He was just looking at the clock. I knew that they were going to give that second round to McGregor, and the fight itself because I figure they wanted a third fight.
“A company just bought it out – they want to make more money. A lot of people know that he didn’t win that fight.”