The UFC 202 press conference which we witnessed last night will forever go down in memory as one of the most bizarre, enthralling and to be honest, enjoyable pressers we have yet to witness over the UFC’s twenty two year history.
As if there isn’t enough hype and anticipation surrounding this mammoth rematch of UFC 196, in which Nate Diaz rocked the MMA world to its core by tapping out Conor McGregor in the second round, the events which unfolded in the MGM Grand Arena last night have brought the profile of this encounter to another level.
In a flurry of cans and bottles being missiled through the room, where a late arrival led to an early exit, and a few questions were asked in between; whatever specks of hair were left on the shimmering skull of president Dana White have well and surely been plucked, as the man painted a picture of a stressed and beleaguered school teacher desperately struggling to keep his pupils in line.
While this was not the first time in which we have beheld such obscene, playground-like ‘anti-social’ behaviour transcend to the confines of a professional press conference, never have we seen such ferocity and temper boil over in a manner like this; and boy was it great to watch.
While some may defend McGregor’s cause in the matter, as it was Diaz and his merry band of men that instigated proceedings, there is no denying that McGregor’s characteristic ‘timeliness’ provoked those involved, as was surely the ‘Notorious One’s’ intention, despite issues of timing being offered by the troublemaker as an excuse for his actions.
While if any repercussions are to arise following last nights presser remain to be seen, Diaz spoke to UFC Tonight post PC where he offered a brief explanation for his actions:
“Like I said, that guy [McGregor] walks in like he was the show,” he said of McGregor, who arrived at around 1:30pm, nearly half an hour after the conference was scheduled to start. “But I thought the show was over, so I left the show.”
The Stockton native has gone on to state that the UFC had better hope for a McGregor victory this weekend, for if he were to repeat his incredible feat from 196 in the early hours of Sunday morning, then this will not bode well for the administrators of the promotion:
“I’m too real for this whole game, and they can’t have a guy like me winning because look at what’s happening,” he said. “I get paid finally, I’ve been stuck in contracts for years, and then they sell the UFC. It’s changing baby, and it’s because of what’s going on here. And if people don’t recognize that they’re tripping. And the same thing, that’s why they threw me right back in there, they want to weed me out and get me out of here before it gets too big. But it’s already an unstoppable force that’s going at a high pace, so the game is in trouble with someone like me winning. So that’s why. They know me and they know that, they hope I don’t win.
“… It’s all good either way though because I cannot be killed and regardless, win or lose, which I plan on winning, my voice is still going to be heard. My mic got too big to not be heard.”