Nate Diaz Reacts To Conor McGregor’s UFC 246 Performance

Nate Diaz hasn’t fought since November when he was defeated by Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. The pair’s BMF Championship bout ended in the third round after a pair of nasty cuts around Diaz’s eye forced the doctor to stop the fight. Diaz, along with many within the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, believe the […]

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Nate Diaz hasn’t fought since November when he was defeated by Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244. The pair’s BMF Championship bout ended in the third round after a pair of nasty cuts around Diaz’s eye forced the doctor to stop the fight.

Diaz, along with many within the mixed martial arts (MMA) community, believe the stoppage was unjustified, however, it goes in the record books as a TKO win for Masvidal nonetheless. Over the weekend, Diaz was at Bellator 238 to corner his training partner, Chris Avila, and spoke to ESPN’s Marc Raimondi about his fighting future. Diaz noted that he wants to sit back and see how things play out before making a decision.

“I want to watch what happens in the next few months,” Diaz said.

The Stockton native was also asked for his thoughts on Conor McGregor’s return to action last week. McGregor took out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in 40 seconds in their welterweight headliner at UFC 246. After the fight, many options were discussed for McGregor’s next fight, including a trilogy bout with Diaz. When asked for his thoughts on McGregor’s performance, Diaz was unimpressed.

“Cowboy doesn’t care about winning and losing, so [McGregor] didn’t have a very hard fight on his hands,” Diaz said.

A Diaz trilogy doesn’t seem to be too high on the priority list of either the UFC or the MMA community. Right now, the fight everyone wants to see sounds like a clash between McGregor and Jorge Masvidal. However, UFC president Dana White seems hell-bent on making a rematch between McGregor and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Of course, there’s no guarantee Nurmagomedov will remain the 155-pound champion, as he defends his title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 this April.

McGregor has remained noncommittal on who he wants his next opponent to be, instead sounding content to fight anyone the UFC tosses at him. The only thing the Irishman is certain about is that he wants to fight before this summer, meaning his next opponent will likely not be Nurmagomedov.

Who do you want to see Diaz fight upon his return to the Octagon?

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Nate Diaz Weighs In On Conor McGregor’s UFC 246 Win

Nate Diaz believes Conor McGregor didn’t have much of a challenge in front of him at UFC 246. McGregor returned to action for the first time in over a year on Jan. 18. He went one-on-one with Donald Cerrone. The “Notorious” one only n…

Nate Diaz believes Conor McGregor didn’t have much of a challenge in front of him at UFC 246. McGregor returned to action for the first time in over a year on Jan. 18. He went one-on-one with Donald Cerrone. The “Notorious” one only needed 40 seconds to dispatch of “Cowboy” via TKO. The shoulder strikes, […]

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Conor McGregor Responds To Stephen A. Smith For ‘Cowboy’ Criticism

ESPN sports broadcaster Stephen A. Smith took a lot of criticism for his take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s performance against Conor McGregor at UFC 246. Smith said he was “disgusted” with Cerrone’s performance, which saw him finished in 40 seconds by the returning McGregor. The mixed martial arts (MMA) community didn’t take too kindly to […]

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ESPN sports broadcaster Stephen A. Smith took a lot of criticism for his take on Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s performance against Conor McGregor at UFC 246.

Smith said he was “disgusted” with Cerrone’s performance, which saw him finished in 40 seconds by the returning McGregor. The mixed martial arts (MMA) community didn’t take too kindly to Smith criticizing a legend like Cerrone the way he did, including longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan recently responded to Smith’s comments on his podcast, saying it was a bad look for the sport.

Now, Smith took to his Twitter to post a video, responding to Rogan’s comments, noting he has a lot of respect for Rogan, but saying he was wrong on this one.

“Mad respect to Joe Rogan, nothing but respect for the man and the tremendous work he has done and he will continue to throughout the years and for the years to come. But you’re wrong on this one my man,” Smith said. “Me, Stephen A. Smith, me being at the Conor McGregor fight, against “Cowboy” Cerrone, saying what I said, that he didn’t show us much in 40 seconds.

“That warrants, ‘it’s not good for the sport,’ it’s not good for me? It’s not good for ESPN? First of all, as it pertains to ESPN, check the numbers. The subscribers to ESPN+, the level of attention that it got, the traffic that it generated in digital and beyond. Check the numbers, number one. That’s not just because of me, that’s because of you. Cause of Ariel [Helwani], because of Chael [Sonnen], because of Michael Bisping, and everybody else associated with it. Check the numbers, number one.

“That’s not good for the sport? I certainly think that’s good for the sport. I don’t claim to be the aficionado you are, or anybody else covering this sport, but excuse me. I have been a reporter for 25 years, I have covered sports on a variety of competitive levels, regardless of what the sport is. That includes boxing and the UFC.”

Smith continued on by offering Rogan to name the time and place where they could debate his take on the fight, as well as his credentials to discuss MMA, and he’ll be there.

“I stand by that,” Smith said. “I don’t think disagreeing with that position warrants the type of criticism that came in my direction. Having said that, you’re entitled, you have your right. As I have my right to respond, as I’m doing right now. But anytime you want to talk to me about this fight, or you want to talk to me about my credentials to discuss something in the world of sports. Name the time and place Joe Rogan, and I’ll show up.

“It’s not a problem. It’s not a problem at all. You don’t know me so I’m not going to knock you for speaking out the way you spoke out, without calling me – I don’t care about all that. I respect where you’re coming from. You’re just wrong on this particular one, and I’m telling you you’re wrong.”

One man who responded to Smith’s video response to Rogan was none other than Conor McGregor himself. While McGregor agreed that he didn’t show enough in the 40 seconds he was in the Octagon against Cerrone, the Irishman did seem to take issue with Smith’s comments on Cerrone. McGregor told Smith he should apologize for his comments.

“The call you discuss here is A+. I didn’t show enough. I’m not paid by the hour though. Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect! Apologise.”

This led to a very lengthy response from Smith.

“Sir, mich respect to the great @TheNotoriousMMA. My recollection on what I said is “That’s the way it looked.” Cowboy Cerrone is a perennial top-10 fighter. Much respect to him for the lengthy career he has had. Wishing him nothing but the best. But I don’t think it’s unfair to say that more than 40-seconds was expected from as tough of an SOB as he is, @TheNotoriousMMA.

“Nor do I think it’s wrong to assume that there’s no way that’s 40-second fight would take place w/ you vs Nurmegamedov or Masvidal. We expected more than what we got. Props to YOU for that. But to know how tough Cowboy is, lots of fans like myself expected more and I don’t think @joerogan is right to question my knowledge about a fight just because I wasn’t satisfied with what I saw.

“I said what I said and I meant it. It’s possible to do that and still have tremendous respect for you @TheNotoriousMMA, along with @joerogan. Both of you are fantastic for the @UFC. I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much without the both of you. I wish you both prosperity in the future. But we clearly disagree about Cowboy’s performance on Jan.18.”

What do you think about McGregor’s response to Smith’s comments?

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Conor McGregor Trained Shoulder Strikes Years Before Breaking ‘Cowboy’s’ Nose (Video)

Although it’s not a new technique, Conor McGregor received plenty of praise for his use of shoulder strikes this past weekend. McGregor utilized shoulder strikes to hurt Donald Cerrone in the clinch during their UFC 246 headliner on Saturday night. It resulted in a broken nose for “Cowboy” who eventually succumbed to a 40-second TKO […]

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Although it’s not a new technique, Conor McGregor received plenty of praise for his use of shoulder strikes this past weekend.

McGregor utilized shoulder strikes to hurt Donald Cerrone in the clinch during their UFC 246 headliner on Saturday night. It resulted in a broken nose for “Cowboy” who eventually succumbed to a 40-second TKO defeat in the first round.

And it turns out, it’s something the Irishman has been drilling for many years. Recent footage emerged of him using shoulder strikes in a sparring session with Cathal Pendred.

You can watch it below:

In a way, it was McGregor’s way of responding to criticism that he only had a left hand leading up to the fight.

“You know they say I’ve just got a left hand,” McGregor said at the UFC 246 post-fight press conference (via MMA Mania). “They’ll have to say I’ve just got a left shoulder as well. It’s a good shot in the clinch. You can really catch a man. I know I caught him the first one off guard, and I caught him with one or two more and when we separated, the nose and the eye were busted.”

What did you think of McGregor’s shoulder strikes against “Cowboy”?

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Ray Longo Says Donald Cerrone Had No Fight IQ Against Conor McGregor

Head coach Ray Longo isn’t sure what Donald Cerrone was doing against Conor McGregor. On Jan. 18, McGregor and Cerrone clashed in the main event of UFC 246. While McGregor was the favorite going in, many considered “Cowboy” to be a li…

Head coach Ray Longo isn’t sure what Donald Cerrone was doing against Conor McGregor. On Jan. 18, McGregor and Cerrone clashed in the main event of UFC 246. While McGregor was the favorite going in, many considered “Cowboy” to be a live underdog. The former UFC “champ-champ” ended up dismantling Cerrone via TKO in 40 […]

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UFC 246 ‘Thrill and the Agony:’ Conor McGregor & Cowboy’s Grandma Embrace

UFC 246 marked the highly-anticipated return of Conor McGregor and he delivered. The event was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday night (Jan. 18). Headlining the card was a welterweight clash between McGregor and Don…

UFC 246 marked the highly-anticipated return of Conor McGregor and he delivered. The event was held inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada this past Saturday night (Jan. 18). Headlining the card was a welterweight clash between McGregor and Donald Cerrone. This was McGregor’s first bout since Oct. 2018. The “Notorious” one defeated “Cowboy” […]

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