“This is going to be the highest-profile fight you can see. That s*** last week was blown out of proportion, I thought. Obviously it’s a big thing, but they made it that way – the UFC made it that way. Where’s the love on this show? … This is the show to watch. Conor McGregor’s saying all the same s*** that I’ve been saying for the last five years and the UFC’s pushing that, and then when I say some s*** like that, it’s like ‘Put him on the end of the banner, put him on the undercard.’ This is where it’s at. He’s saying the same s***, they push it. I say it, they hide me. He peeped game, he stole the blueprint on what to do and he’s spitting it out and he’s doing a good job of it. All that ‘I’m the money fight’ talk, that s*** came from right here. They’re backing it and they’re hiding me out in the corner. They know where the real fight’s at. The UFC backed that, they pushed that. I’m not going to diss the UFC anymore, the UFC does a great job but they pushed that. Where’s our push? Where’s this card’s push? … [McGregor] talks all that money fight s***, he knows where it’s at. It’s right here. It’s not these guys fighting in the main event. The main event’s right here. These guys already got punked out at that press conference. He already beat them. That’s a win. If he wants to fight a real fight, he knows where’s it at, he knows where the money fight’s at. It’s right here.”
-Nate Diaz speaks to media this week ahead of UFC on Fox 17 in Orlando about the state of this card, Conor McGregor, and why he thinks he’s the money fight for the new UFC Featherweight Championship (via FoxSports.com).
Penick’s Analysis: The delusion is strong in this one. Obviously there’s some merit to his comments, but he conveniently ignores the aspects of both last week’s events and of McGregor himself that negate his talking points. Sure, McGregor’s made a lot of the same comments Diaz has made in the past. He also hasn’t been beaten several times after making those comments. Diaz worked his way to a title fight and got beat. Then he got beat up by Josh Thomson. Then he lost to Rafael dos Anjos. McGregor’s made similar comments and backed everything up with win after impressive win. And the UFC “backed” last week much more than this week because that’s where the money was at. If he wants to think he’s the money fight, fine, but that doesn’t make it the truth. If he beats Michael Johnson, he’s got relevance again at lightweight, but talking alone isn’t going to put him where he thinks he should be.
[Photo (c) Mark J. Rebilas via USA Today Sports]
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