The UFC ‘Bad Blood’ series sees the rivalry of Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor become the latest addition to the storied list of UFC’s biggest feuds.
Stepping up on just ten days notice to fight the sport’s biggest star in Conor McGregor at UFC 196, Nate Diaz submitted the featherweight champion in two rounds to worldwide prominence and acclaim.
Understandably, the then-undefeated-in-UFC-competition McGregor was obsessed with an immediate rematch, electing to forego a defence of his recently hard-earned 145lb. championship.
That rematch was duly slated for the main event of UFC 200 on July 9, and the rest is history.
I have decided to retire young.
Thanks for the cheese.
Catch ya's later.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) April 19, 2016
As he swiftly ‘unretired’, it transpired that ‘The Notorious’ refused to carry out promotional duties for the event, and he was subsequently pulled from the card.
A concrete rematch was finally agreed for August 20 at UFC 202 in Las Vegas, and we now find ourselves at the start of what’s sure to be one of the most memorable fight weeks in the sport’s history.
Though both Diaz and McGregor talked a year’s worth of trash in the ten days of build-up to their March encounter, the ‘bad blood’ tag proves to be a bit of a misnomer in this instance.
Both men are subdued this time around, but even their ‘subdued’ surpasses most other build-up that any other rivalry such as Ortiz/Shamrock or Jones/Cormier can conjure.
To that end, the UFC’s ‘Bad Blood: Diaz vs. McGregor 2’ instalment is forty minutes of compelling drama and insight into the UFC’s two most popular stars and their heated interactions to date.