Having been officially confirmed two weeks ago to the day, the debate around the upcoming Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor rematch is arguably the hottest in MMA.
A consistent flow of fighters have weighed in with their opinions on the topic almost daily since.
The latest individual to have his say is British veteran Brad ‘One Punch’ Pickett. The London native, renowned for his brawler-like fights, spoke of his dissatisfaction in the announcement of the rematch and confusion regarding the weight class while featuring on the ‘Obviously Fight Talk’ podcast earlier this week:
“I’ll be brutally honest, I’m disappointed that he’s (McGregor) actually getting a rematch with him (Diaz), and I don’t know why it’s at 170 pounds. For me it’s a pointless fight.”
With a common preference for a stand up striking style of combat, Pickett is clearly a big admirer of the Notorious one but is still confused as to why it’s going ahead.
“Honestly, I love Conor. But I don’t see why he’s getting a rematch.”
The 37-fight veteran furthered his line of reasoning by nullifying the argument of those who claim McGregor’s dominance over Diaz in the opening exchanges of the fight validate a rematch.
“Yes, he was beating the crap out of him in the first round, and then got beat in the second round.
“But then you look at the other fight, he was getting beaten up by Chad Mendes, and he beat him in the second round, so Chad Mendes didn’t get a rematch and that was for an interim belt.”
With just under three months to go until this controversial rematch is set to take place the old cliché ‘any publicity is good publicity’ comes to mind, as surely Dana White will not lose sleep over the daily bashing as long as this contest remains on the lips of everyone leading up to July 9th.
David O’Donovan, Pundit Arena
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