“These guys shoot on me after they start getting hit, they start shooting on me and getting tapped out. It’s a way out because they don’t want to get hit anymore. Conor, that was on the way to being a knockout. He was getting handed some solid shit. He got on me for the takedown because he was done… I lost plenty of decisions and I’ve never got a rematch to this day. So that’s crazy. Conor got worked over and now they’re saying rematch, which makes sense, I understand that. I just think it’s funny because it’s like, Jose Aldo didn’t get a rematch.”
-Nate Diaz talks to Rolling Stone about his UFC 196 win over Conor McGregor and the reported rematch for UFC 200.
Penick’s Analysis: That’s a hell of an endorsement on the rematch. It’s being put together simply because the UFC sees it as the biggest money matchup, and in many ways it doesn’t make sense from a simple matchup standpoint. That’s not only because of how the fight played out, but because of what Diaz brings up here in Aldo not getting a rematch, and that McGregor isn’t going back to defend his title at featherweight. Regardless, Diaz seems willing to go along for the ride at UFC 200, so we still may see that come together.
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