Prior to the madness that occurred at today’s (August 17, 2016) UFC 202 press conference in Las Vegas, Nate Diaz actually took the time to answer questions from the media ahead of his massive rematch with 145-pound champion Conor McGregor this Saturday night (August 20, 2016). One question Diaz received regarded McGregor’s prediction that he would knock the Stockton native out in the second round of their rematch. Diaz, however, recalled that McGregor said he would end the first fight in the opening round only to be submitted by Diaz in the second frame.

The younger Diaz brother went on to call McGregor ‘silly’, saying that the Irishman ‘remembers what happened the last fight’:

“That’s what he said last time,” Diaz said about McGregor’s prediction at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference.  “I think he’s got a lot of people around him and he’s trying to pump himself up. He’s either lying to himself or to go on about his confidence or to make himself believe it but he remembers what happened the last fight.

 “I think it’s a little silly.”

The No. 5-ranked lightweight contender also spoke on McGregor’s personalized private gym in Las Vegas where he has spent the majority of his preparation for the rematch. McGregor decorated his gym with huge portraits of his best moments from the first fight when he was landing big shots on Diaz, something the Stockton native finds a bit strange. Diaz also feels as if McGregor is attempting to ‘hype’ himself up:

“He’s got pictures of me up in his garage of him punching me in the face. What the (expletive)? Who does that?” Diaz stated. “Trying to make yourself believe something. I think he’s trying to hype his own self up.”

Conor vs. Diaz

Who do you see coming out on top this weekend?