If there is one thing MMA fans can count it, it’s bad blood between Stockton’s Nate Diaz and Ireland’s Conor “Notorious” McGregor. The two fighters have competed twice against each other, both winning and losing one bout. And even though their last fight was nearly four years ago, the two have managed to frequently spar verbally on social media.
Early Monday, Notorious took to Instagram to claim that he stopped throwing a “horribly nasty” kick at Diaz’s leg in their first fight because “it felt nasty.” McGregor said that the fight would have been stopped if he continued to throw the kicks because Diaz’s leg was “primed to snap.” Notorious went on to lose the fight by second-round rear-naked choke.
I actually chose not to follow thru with this kick in this exact moment. The sensation felt horrible and I backed out of following thru with it. Fight would’ve been stopped no doubt tho. I’d the angle on the leg and it primed to snap. I bottled it but it felt too nasty. Even for me. Fast forward few minutes later I’m on the deck getting strangled. Mad game. I’m still not for making these kicks illegal tho. You’ve got to protect your angles and your footing and that’s it. Deal with it. They are horribly nasty kicks tho.
Heavy’s Kelsey McCarson shared a screenshot of McGregor’s post:
So Conor let Nate win?! 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ezpzkxyJXY
— Kelsey McCarson (@kelsey_mccarson) August 3, 2020
McGregor retired from the sport in June, however a 2021 return has not been ruled out by UFC president Dana White. White confirmed that McGregor would not be competing in 2020.
On Monday night, Diaz took to Twitter and gave Notorious a verbal Stockton slap, writing: “Lol sit ya a** down till 2021.”
Diaz deleted the tweet shortly after, however a fan captured a screenshot. See below:
— Kason_MMAjunkie (@kasonc94) August 4, 2020
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Diaz Last Competed In November When He Fought for the ‘BMF’ Belt Against Jorge Masvidal
Diaz fought McGregor on August 20, 2016, during UFC 202 and lost the fight by majority decision. He then took almost three years off before returning to the Octagon.
He returned to action on August 17, 2019, when he took on former UFC lightweight champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 241. Diaz put on a vintage performance, winning the fight by unanimous decision. During his post-fight interview, Diaz proceeded to callout Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal.
Masvidal was coming off the fastest knockout in UFC history. A month prior to Diaz’s return, Gamebred crushed Ben Askren with a flying knee in only five seconds.
In a UFC first, the promotion created a special belt for a match, the “Baddest Motherf*****” belt. Masvidal and Diaz fought for it during the main event of UFC 244 in November 2019. As history has it, Diaz lost the fight by doctor’s stoppage at the end of the third round.
McGregor Last Fought in January During UFC 246
Notorious returned to action in January after taking more than a year hiatus from the sport. He fought Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC 246, and he only needed 40 seconds to get the job done.
Notorious battered the beloved UFC fighter with punishing strikes, including shoulder strikes, a head kick and his patented left hand, winning by TKO. In June, McGregor announced his retirement from MMA.