UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor returns to face Nate Diaz for the second time at UFC 202. The two have a storied rivalry that dates back to Diaz calling out McGregor following his dominant win over Michael Johnson. At that time ‘The Notorious’ was heavily rumoured to be moving up to face Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title, and the Stockton bad boy Diaz was not amused.
Eventually McGregor would be booked in to face dos Anjos, who at the time was on a killer streak, but the fight would never take place. Instead, in a strange twist of fate, Diaz would replace the injured Brazilian and March 5 was fast approaching by this point. Diaz had just 11 days notice to prepare for the biggest fight of his life; a fight to prove his worth, to reap the seeds he’d sewn for 10 years in the UFC, and to face the man he’d accused of ‘taking everything I worked for motherf*cker!’
Their rivalry was so fierce in that small window of opportunity before the fight, and the bout itself was so entertaining that an immediate rematch was granted. Although McGregor had tapped out in a somewhat unquestionable loss, his sway with the promotion and the simple marketability of their beef made the booking a no-brainer. The time since has been filled with many questions regarding ‘The Notorious” ability to close the huge gap in grappling skill, and also to face the man with a much larger frame and reach.
This latest video from ‘The Mac Life’ shows the featherweight boss taking on a taller foe in sparring.
We also know that McGregor has been training with elite black belt BJJ star Dillon Danis recently. As far as Diaz is concerned, he tends to keep his training and sparring pretty much on the down low.
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